Andrew Olshan, Ph.D., professor and chair of the epidemiology department in the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s , has been awarded a grant worth nearly $2.9 million from the National Cancer Institute to study the causes of neuroblastoma.

Olshan is also the leader of the cancer epidemiology program of UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center and research professor of otolaryngology/head and neck surgery in the UNC School of Medicine.

The most common cancer in babies, neuroblastoma develops from nerve cells found in several areas of the body and most commonly affects children aged 5 or younger.