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Did you know that 70% of the Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation (ALSF) Childhood Cancer Data Lab team are currently women? Advancing our mission to empower childhood cancer researchers with knowledge, data, and tools would not be possible without their expertise. On the International Day of Women and Girls in Science, we are excited to introduce you to these women who integrate science, engineering, and design to tackle some of the greatest challenges faced by the pediatric cancer research community!
Here at the CCDL we value putting publicly available data to work. For example, we are currently processing and normalizing 1.5 million publicly available gene expression samples totaling ~$1.5 billion research dollars expended.
The Childhood Cancer Data Lab (CCDL), an initiative of Alex's Lemonade Stand Foundation develops tools, trainings, and methods to empower childhood cancer researchers. The work at the CCDL is focused and impactful. There are multiple opportunities and challenges for you to apply and grow your skills as a scientist or as an engineer.
At this hands-on, 3-day session held in Houston, researchers learned data science skills that could accelerate their own work. Drawing on skills learned at the workshop, childhood cancer researchers can perform basic analyses of their work to make informed decisions on how to proceed with their own research. Don’t just take our word for it, though. Read more about the workshop’s incredibly valuable benefits through its attendees’ perspectives.
This year was a big one for the CCDL. In our mission to empower pediatric cancer experts poised for big discoveries with the knowledge, data and methods to reach them we launched a software product, developed and delivered training workshops on single-cell and bulk RNA-seq analysis, and hired our data science team among other milestones.