My name is Esteban Uceda and I am the Tissue Coordinator on the Weill Cornell Tissue Navigator Team for the Children’s Brain Tumor Project laboratories at Weill Cornell Medicine. Originally from Lima, Peru, I completed my undergraduate studies at Amherst College with a degree in Neuroscience before relocating to New York City.
As an undergraduate, I had the opportunity to intern at the pathology and neurology departments of a major hospital in my native Peru, in order to obtain practical research experience, and my motivation for translational research stems from these experiences. I was very drawn to this role because it is an opportunity to directly serve families and their drive to push this research forward. These families’ drive and dedication to finding a cure for pediatric brain cancer inspire me every day.
Helping laboratories across the country study pediatric brain cancers is imperative to finding treatments, and the deeply collaborative nature of initiatives like GFAC aids this work tremendously. In donating tissue through GFAC, these resilient families are taking a strong final stand against brain cancer. I strongly believe that, thanks to the impact of these donations, our research will one day lead to a cure.
A Simple Two-Step Process
For the family, once a decision has been made to donate, only two things are required. The first is written consent for the child to become a tissue donor, and the second is a single phone call to a tissue navigator at the time of a child’s death to initiate the process.