Neil Bogart
Neil Bogart

Our History: The Bogart Pediatric Cancer Research Program

Named in memory of the late record and film executive who died of lymphoma at the age of 39, The Bogart Pediatric Cancer Research Program was founded in 1984. Looking to celebrate his life, friends, family and colleagues linked efforts with the beginnings of a pediatric program at Childrens Hospital Los Angeles. Songwriter Carole Bayer Sager and Neil’s widow Joyce Bogart Trabulus cited as an inspiration his love of children and his resolve that one person could make a difference. Today, Bogart, which supported one small laboratory, now supports several research programs whose impact is felt across the world.

The exciting research that goes into the Bogart Pediatric Cancer Research Program is a result of the unique combination of the leadership, talent and ideas of the researchers and clinicians; the research funding from Bogart; the facilities, staff and patients of the Childrens Hospital Los Angeles (CHLA); and the Children’s Oncology Group (COG).

An idea begins in the mind of a researcher and is funded by seed grants from Bogart. As the research shows promise, more traditional funding sources are available to expand the research. Because of the relationship between the Labs and CHLA, research jumps at the earliest stage from the bench to bedside of a child, where it is needed most. Through the COG, medical professionals at 120 member facilities around the world have access to this research and are able to cross reference their patients and treatments with the latest protocols.