Story by Greg Borzo for UChicagoTech.
Thirteen-year-old Gilberto is suffering from refractory neuroblastoma, a tumor of the sympathetic nervous system that has dissipated throughout his body. Recently, he hit a roadblock in his treatment that is all too common at hospitals and clinics around the country.
His doctor wanted to enroll Gilberto in a clinical trial. Alas, the trial was not yet open at the hospital where Gilberto was being treated because all of the necessary paperwork had not yet been processed.
“This kind of thing happens everywhere because of the way clinical protocols are generated and implemented,” says Samuel Volchenboum, assistant professor of pediatrics at the University of Chicago and Computation Institute Faculty.
An informatics expert as well as an oncologist, Volchenboum is out to streamline the entire way clinical trials are organized, managed, tracked and reported. To help make that possible, the Innovation Fund, the University of Chicago’s venture philanthropic proof-of-concept fund, awarded Volchenboum $40,000 in its fourth round of funding this June.