The area conducts clinical, translational and basic research on developmental tumours, known as childhood cancer. These occur when the normal development of the child and/or the child's tissues is disrupted. Their causes are not well known, and so childhood cancer is not preventable.
The study of normal developmental biology allows what causes the onset of tumours at very specific times in a child's growth to be understood. Some specific conditions are necessary for the development of these tumours, which are so uncommon and which have unique and relatively simple biological characteristics.
- Neuroblastoma and personalized medicine.
- Pre-clinical pharmacology and drug delivery in paediatric solid tumours.
- Sarcomas and histiocytosis.
- Leukaemia and non-malignant homeopathies.