Dr Andrew Wood

Dr Andrew Wood repatriated to the University of Auckland from the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP). He is a Paediatric Haematologist Oncologist who leads The Precision Paediatric Cancer Project (PPCP) – a clinical trial jointly funded by the Child Cancer Foundation, the Lindsay Foundation, and Cure Kids.

This study is the first of its kind in New Zealand and seeks to use state-of-the-art diagnostic testing to identify the genetic mutations causing cancer in children. The research will focus on children with hard-to-treat cancer and look for specific mutations in their genes. The information will then be used to treat the child’s cancer in the most targeted way possible. The aim of the project is to demonstrate that using advanced genetic testing for certain cancers can improve survival rates and quality of life for these children and their families.



Research Projects



The kids who inspire this research

Greer

Greer was a toddler when she fainted at pre-school. That very night Greer was…

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James

James was diagnosed with Acute lymphoblastic leukaemia (ALL), a form of blood cancer, when…

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Lucian

At only fifteen-months-old, Lucian spent six months in Blenheim Hospital waiting for a diagnosis.

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Sahara

Sahara was almost 12 years old when she first began to feel tired and…

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