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The Neuroblastoma Advanced Therapies Center is home to specialists with a wide variety of backgrounds and areas of focus. As a team, this diversity makes us better prepared to care for your child’s unique needs. Learn more about our faculty and staff.
Brian D. Weiss, MD Medical Director, Neuroblastoma Program 513-636-9863 firstname.lastname@example.org
Medical Director, Neuroblastoma Program
Associate Director of Clinical Research for Oncology
Associate Director for Safety and Compliance
Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics
Brian Weiss is a professor of Clinical Pediatrics in the Cancer and Blood Diseases Institute at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center. There, he specializes in benign tumors in patients with Neurofibromatosis Type 1 (NF1), and directs the Neuroblastoma Program, in addition to serving as associate director of clinical research for Oncology, and associate director for Safety and Compliance. Dr. Weiss has spearheaded efforts to reduce chemotherapy errors and leads national trials in high risk neuroblastoma, targeted radiotherapy, and targeted drugs for NF1 associated plexiform neurofibromas.
MD: Northwestern University Medical School, Chicago, IL, 1993.
Residency and Chief Residency: Pediatrics, University of California, San Francisco, CA, 1993-1997.
Fellowship: Pediatric Hematology/Oncology, University of California, San Francisco, CA, 1997-2000.
Certification: National Medical Board; Pediatrics;1996, 2002; Pediatric Hematology-Oncology, 2000, 2007.
Sharp SE, Trout AT, Weiss B, Gelfand M. MIBG in Neuroblastoma Diagnostic Imaging and Therapy. Radiographics. 2016 Jan-Feb;36(1):258-78.
Adams DM, Trenor CC 3rd, Hammill AM, Vinks AA, Patel MN, Chaudry G, Wentzel MS, Mobberley-Schuman PS, Campbell LM, Brookbank C, Gupta A, Chute C, Eile J, McKenna J, Merrow AC, Fei L, Hornung L, Seid M, Dasgupta AR, Dickie BH, Elluru RG, Lucky AW, Weiss B, Azizkhan RG. Efficacy and Safety of Sirolimus in the Treatment of Complicated Vascular Anomalies. Pediatrics. 2016 Feb;137(2):1-10.
Dandoy CE, Hariharan S, Weiss B, Demmel K, Timm N, Chiarenzelli J, Dewald MK, Kennebeck S, Langworthy S, Pomales J, Rineair S, Sandfoss E, Volz-Noe P, Nagarajan R, Alessandrini E. Sustained reductions in time to antibiotic delivery in febrile immunocompromised children: results of a quality improvement collaborative. BMJ Qual Saf. 2016 Feb;25(2):100-9.
DuBois SG, Groshen S, Park JR, Haas-Kogan DA, Yang X, Geier E, Chen EC, Giacomini KM, Weiss B, Cohn SL, Granger M, Yanik GA, Hawkins R, Courtier J, Jackson HA, Goodarzian F, Shimada H, Czarnecki S, Tsao-Wei DD, Villablanca JG, Marachelian A, Matthay KK. Phase 1 Study of Vorinostat as a Radiation Sensitizer with 131I-Metaiodobenzylguanidine (131I-MIBG) for Patients with Relapsed or Refractory Neuroblastoma. Clin Cancer Res. 2015 Jun 15;21(12):2715-21.
Yanik GA, Villablanca JG, Maris JM, Weiss B, Groshen S, Marachelian A, Park JR, Tsao-Wei D, Hawkins R, Shulkin BL, Jackson H, Goodarzian F, Shimada H, Courtier J, Hutchinson R, Haas-Koga D, Hasenauer CB, Czarnecki S, Katzenstein HM, Matthay KK. I-Metaiodobenzylguanidine with Intensive Chemotherapy and Autologous Stem Cell Transplantation for High-Risk Neuroblastoma. A New Approaches to Neuroblastoma Therapy (NANT) Phase II Study. Biol Blood Marrow Transplant. 2015 Apr;21(4):673-81.
Weiss B, Widemann BC, Wolters P, Dombi E, Vinks A, Cantor A, Perentesis J, Schorry E, Ullrich N, Gutmann DH, Tonsgard J, Viskochil D, Korf B, Packer RJ, Fisher MJ. Sirolimus for progressive neurofibromatosis type 1-associated plexiform neurofibromas: a Neurofibromatosis Clinical Trials Consortium phase II study. Neuro Oncol. 2015 Apr;17(4):596-603.
Salloum R, Garrison A, von Allmen D, Sheridan R, Towbin AJ, Adams D, Weiss B. Relapsed perinatal neuroblastoma after expectant observation. Pediatr Blood Cancer. 2015 Jan;62(1):160-2.
Emoto C, Fukuda T, Mizuno T, Cox S, Schniedewind B, Christians U, Widemann BC, Fisher MJ, Weiss B, Perentesis J, Vinks AA. Age dependent changes in sirolimus metabolite formation in patients with neurofibromatosis type 1. Ther Drug Monit. 2015 Jun;37(3):395-9.
Plotkin SR, Albers AC, Babovic-Vuksanovic D, Blakeley JO, Breakefield XO, Dunn CM, Evans DG, Fisher MJ, Friedman JM, Giovannini M, Gutmann DH, Kalamarides M, McClatchey AI, Messiaen L, Morrison H, Parkinson DB, Stemmer-Rachamimov AO, Van Raamsdonk CD, Riccardi VM, Rosser T, Schindeler A, Smith MJ, Stevenson DA, Ullrich NJ, van der Vaart T, Weiss B, Widemann BC, Zhu Y, Bakker AC, Lloyd AC. Update from the 2013 international neurofibromatosis conference. Am J Med Genet A. 2014 Dec;164A(12):2969-78.
Dandoy C, Davies S, Flesch L, Hayward M, Koons C, Coleman K, Jacobs J, McKenna L, Olomajeye A, Olson C, Powers J, Shoemaker K, Jodele S, Alessandrini E, Weiss B. A Team-Based Approach to Reducing Cardiac Monitor Alarms. Pediatrics. 2014 Dec;134(6)e1686-94.
Michael J. Gelfand, MD Chief, Section of Nuclear Medicine, Department of Radiology and Medical Imaging 513-636-7650 email@example.com
Chief, Section of Nuclear Medicine, Department of Radiology and Medical Imaging
Professor, UC Department of Radiology
UC Department of Pediatrics
Michael J. Gelfand, MD, is chief of the Section of Nuclear Medicine at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center.
He received his BA from the University of Michigan and his MD from Stanford University. After two years at the National Institutes of Health, he completed residencies in pediatrics at Cincinnati Children's and nuclear medicine at the University of Cincinnati Medical Center.
Dr. Gelfand's research interests include I-123-MIBG imaging of neuroblastoma, new applications of hybrid imaging (PET/CT, SPECT/CT, PET/MRI) in pediatrics, and radiation dose reduction in nuclear medicine and hybrid imaging.
Dr. Gelfand has served as president of the Society of Nuclear Medicine, and served on the board of directors of that organization for 10 years.
Dr. Gelfand co-edited the textbooks Effective Use of Computers in Nuclear Medicine and Pediatric Nuclear Imaging. His publications include 126 journal articles and 31 book chapters. He has been an invited lecturer or visiting professor in France, Germany, the Netherlands, Italy, Argentina, Brazil, Japan and Australia.
BA: University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI, 1966.
MD: Stanford University, Stanford, CA, 1971.
Residency: Pediatrics, Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, Cincinnati, OH, 1973-1975, 1977; Nuclear Medicine, University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, OH, 1975-1977.
Certification: Pediatrics, 1978; Nuclear Medicine, 1978.
Gelfand MJ, Parisi MT, Treves ST. Pediatric Radiopharmaceutical Administered Doses: 2010 North American Consensus Guidelines. J Nucl Med. 2011 Jan 13.
Seo JH, Holland K, Rose D, Rozhkov L, Fujiwara H, Byars A, Arthur T, Degrauw T, Leach JL, Gelfand MJ, Miles L, Mangano FT, Horn P, Lee KH. Multimodality imaging in the surgical treatment of children with nonlesional epilepsy. Neurology. 2011 Jan 4;76(1):41-8.
Wagner LM, Gelfand MJ, Laor T, Ryckman FC, Al-Ghawi H, Bove KE. A Welcome Surprise: Nodular Fasciitis Presenting as Soft Tissue Sarcoma. J Pediatr Hematol Oncol. 2010 Oct 21.
Gelfand MJ. Dose reduction in pediatric hybrid and planar imaging. Q J Nucl Med Mol Imaging. 2010 Aug;54(4):379-88.
Sharp SE, Shulkin BL, Gelfand MJ, Salisbury S, Furman WL. 123I-MIBG scintigraphy and 18F-FDG PET in neuroblastoma. J Nucl Med. 2009 Aug;50(8):1237-43.
Young LR, Franz DN, Nagarkatte P, Fletcher CD, Wikenheiser-Brokamp KA, Galsky MD, Corbridge TC, Lam AP, Gelfand MJ, McCormack FX. Utility of [18F]2-fluoro-2-deoxyglucose-PET in sporadic and tuberous sclerosis-associated lymphangioleiomyomatosis. Chest. 2009 Sep;136(3):926-33.
Gelfand MJ. Dosimetry of FDG PET/CT and other molecular imaging applications in pediatric patients. Pediatr Radiol. 2009 Feb;39 Suppl 1:S46-56
Gelfand MJ, Gruppo RA, Nasser MP. Ventilation-perfusion scintigraphy in children and adolescents is associated with a low rate of indeterminate studies. Clin Nucl Med. 2008 Sep;33(9):606-9.
Gelfand MJ, Lemen LC. PET/CT and SPECT/CT dosimetry in children: the challenge to the pediatric imager. Semin Nucl Med. 2007 Sep;37(5):391-8. Review.
Wu SW, Graham B, Gelfand MJ, Gruppo RE, Dinopolous A, Gilbert DL. Clinical and positron emission tomography findings of chorea associated with primary antiphospholipid antibody syndrome. Mov Disord. 2007 Sep 15;22(12):1813-5.
Trent R. Hummel, MD 513-803-1126 firstname.lastname@example.org
Assistant Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics
Neuro-oncology; CNS tumors in neurofibromatosis type 1 and 2 research interests: developing novel therapeutics in central nervous system tumors including those with very poor prognosis such as high-grade gliomas and diffuse intrinsic pontine gliomas.
Trent R. Hummel, MD, completed his graduate medical training at the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine, residency training in pediatrics at Children's Hospital Medical Center of Akron and pediatric hematology/oncology training at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center. His current appointment is at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center within the University of Cincinnati in the capacity of assistant professor of pediatrics.
Dr. Hummel's clinical and academic interests pertain to children and families affected by central nervous system tumors. He is a member of the Central Nervous System (Brain Tumor) Committee in the Children's Oncology Group (COG) as well as the Cincinnati Children's co-principal investigator for the Pediatric Brain Tumor Consortium (PBTC). Dr. Hummel focuses on developing novel therapeutics to treat children with all central nervous system tumors including those patients with neurofibromatosis type 1 and 2 related CNS tumors and very poor prognosis tumors such as high-grade gliomas and diffuse intrinsic pontine gliomas.
BS: Eastern Mennonite University, Harrisburg, VA, 1997.
MD: University of Cincinnati College of Medicine, Cincinnati, OH, 2001.
Residency: Children’s Hospital Medical Center of Akron, Akron, OH, 2004.
Fellowship: Pediatric Hematology / Oncology, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, Cincinnati, OH, 2007; Research Fellow, Division of Experimental Hematology, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, 2008.
Certification: American Board of Pediatrics, 2004; Pediatrics, 2004; Pediatric Hematology / Oncology, 2011.
Gass D, Dewire M, Chow L, Rose SR, Lawson S, Stevenson C, Pai AL, Jones B, Sutton M, Lane A, Pruitt D, Fouladi M, Hummel TR. Pediatric tectal plate gliomas: a review of clinical outcomes, endocrinopathies, and neuropsychological sequelae. J Neurooncol. 2015 Jan 13.
Fisher MJ, Loguidice M, Gutmann DH, Listernick R, Ferner RE, Ullrich NJ, Packer RJ, Tabori U, Hoffman RO, Ardern-Holmes SL, Hummel TR, Hargrave DR, Bouffet E, Charrow J, Bilaniuk LT, Balcer LJ, D'Agostino McGowan L, Liu GT. Gender as a disease modifier in neurofibromatosis type 1 optic pathway glioma. Ann Neurol. 2014 May;75(5):799-800.
Hummel TR, Wagner L, Ahern C, Fouladi M, Reid JM, McGovern RM, Ames MM, Gilbertson RJ, Horton T, Ingle AM, Weigel B, Blaney SM. A pediatric phase 1 trial of vorinostat and temozolomide in relapsed or refractory primary brain or spinal cord tumors: a Children's Oncology Group phase 1 consortium study. Pediatr Blood Cancer. 2013 Sep;60(9):1452-7.
Hummel TR, Chow LM, Fouladi M, Franz D. Pharmacotherapeutic Management of Pediatric Gliomas: Current and Upcoming Strategies. Pediatric Drugs. 2012.
Hummel TR, Miles L, Mangano FT, Jones BV, Geller JI. Clinical heterogeneity of desmoplastic infantile ganglioglioma: a case series and literature review. J Pediatr Hematol Oncol. 2012 Aug;34(6):e232-6.
Fisher MJ, Loguidice M, Gutmann DH, Listernick R, Ferner RE, Ullrich NJ, Packer RJ, Tabori U, Hoffman RO, Ardern-Holmes SL, Hummel TR, Hargrave DR, Bouffet E, Charrow J, Bilaniuk LT, Balcer LJ, Liu G. Visual outcomes in children with neurofibromatosis type 1–associated optic pathway glioma following chemotherapy: a multicenter retrospective analysis. Neuro Oncol. 2012 Jun;14(6):790-7.
Sanchez-Pinto LN, Laskin BL, Jodele S, Hummel TR, Yin HJ, Goebel J. BK virus nephropathy in a pediatric autologous stem-cell transplant recipient. Pediatr Blood Cancer. 2011 Mar;56(3):495-7.
Hummel T, Anyane-Yeboa A, Mo J, Towbin A, Weiss B. Response of NF1-Related Plexiform Neurofibroma to High Dose Carboplatin. Pediatr Blood Cancer. 2011 Mar;56(3):488-90.
Hummel TR, Jessen WJ, Miller SC, Kluwe L, Mautner V, Wallace M, Lázaro C, Page G, Worley P, Aronow B, Schorry E, Ratner N. Gene Expression Analysis Identifies Potential Biomarkers of Neurofibromatosis Type 1 Including Adrenomedullin. Clin Cancer Res. 2010 Oct 15;16(20):5048-57.
Hummel T, Hord J. Favorable Response to Soft Tissue Sarcoma Therapy in Adolescent with Embryonal Renal Sarcoma. Pediatr Blood Cancer. 2004 Jul; 43(1):70-2.
Sonata Jodele, MD Clinical Director, Division of Bone Marrow Transplantation & Immune Deficiency 513-636-1565 email@example.com
Clinical Director, Division of Bone Marrow Transplantation & Immune Deficiency
Associate Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics
Bone marrow transplantation
MD: Vilnius University School of Medicine, 1988-1994.
Residency: Pediatrics, Downstate HSC at Brooklyn, Brooklyn, NY, 1998-2001.
Fellowship: Pediatric Hematology Oncology, Children's Hospital Los Angeles and Saban Research Institute, Keck School of Medicine University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA, 2001-2004.
Certifications: Pediatrics, 2001; Pediatric Hematology / Oncology, 2004.
Licenses: California, 2001-present; Ohio, 2004-present.
Jodele S, Zhang K, Zou F, Laskin B, Dandoy CE, Myers KC, Lane A, Meller J, Medvedovic M, Chen J, Davies SM. The genetic fingerprint of susceptibility for transplant associated thrombotic microangiopathy. Blood. 2015 Nov 24.
Jodele S, Fukuda T, Mizuno K, Vinks AA, Laskin BL, Goebel J, Dixon BP, Chima RS, Hirsch R, Teusink A, Lazear D, Lane A, Myers KC, Dandoy CE, Davies SM. Variable Eculizumab Clearance Requires Pharmacodynamic Monitoring to Optimize Therapy for Thrombotic Microangiopathy after Hematopoietic Stem Cell Transplantation. Biol Blood Marrow Transplant. 2016 Feb;22(2):307-15.
Jodele S, Laskin BL, Dandoy CE, Myers KC, El-Bietar J, Davies SM, Goebel J, Dixon BP. A new paradigm: Diagnosis and management of HSCT-associated thrombotic microangiopathy as multi-system endothelial injury. Blood Rev. 2015 May;29(3):191-204.
Jodele S, Davies SM, Lane A, Khoury J, Dandoy C, Goebel J, Myers K, Grimley M, Bleesing J, El-Bietar J, Wallace G, Chima RS, Paff Z, Laskin BL. Diagnostic and risk criteria for HSCT-associated thrombotic microangiopathy: a prospective study in children and young adults. Blood. 2014 Jul 24;124(4):645-53.
Jodele S, S, Fukuda T, Vinks A, Mizuno K, Laskin BL, Goebel J, Dixon BP, Teusink A, Pluthero FG, Lu L, Licht C, Davies SM. Eculizumab Therapy in Children with Severe Hematopoietic Stem Cell Transplantation-Associated Thrombotic Microangiopathy. Biol Blood Marrow Transplant. 2014 Apr;20(4):518-25.
Jodele S, Licht C, Goebel J, Dixon BP, Zhang K, Sivakumaran TA, Davies SM, Pluthero FG, Lu L, Laskin BL. Abnormalities in the alternative pathway of complement in children with hematopoietic stem cell transplant-associated thrombotic microangiopathy. Blood. 2013 Sep 19;122(12):2003-7.
Chima R, Rodney DC, Mi-Ok K, Li D, Wheeler DS, Davies SM, Jodele S. Improved Outcomes for Stem Cell Transplant Recipients Requiring Pediatric Intensive Care. Pediatric Critical Care Medicine. 2012.
Laskin BL, Goebel J, Davies SM, Jodele S. Small vessels, big trouble in the kidneys and beyond: hematopoietic stem cell transplant associated-thrombotic microangiopathy. Blood. 2011 May 19.
Smith AR, Majhail NS, Macmillan ML, Defor TE, Jodele S, Lehmann LE, Krance R, Davies SM. Hematopoietic cell transplantation comorbidity index predicts transplant outcomes in pediatric patients. Blood. 2011 Jan 12.
Laskin BL, Goebel J, Davies SM, Khoury JC, Bleesing JJ, Mehta PA, Filipovich AH, Paff ZN, Lawrence JM, Yin HJ, Pinkard SL, Jodele S. Early clinical indicators of transplant-associated thrombotic microangiopathy in pediatric neuroblastoma patients undergoing auto-SCT. Bone Marrow Transplant. 2010 Aug 9.
Lionel M.L. Chow, MD, PhD St. Baldrick’s Foundation Scholar 513-803-1369 firstname.lastname@example.org
St. Baldrick’s Foundation Scholar
Sontag Foundation Distinguished Scientist
Lionel Chow, MD, PhD, received his medical and graduate degrees from McGill University in Montreal, Canada, where his research focused on the regulation of T-lymphocyte signaling by the intracellular tyrosine protein kinases Lck and Csk.
Following his clinical training in pediatrics and pediatric hematology / oncology at the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto, Canada, he moved to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis, Tenn., to pursue his research interests.
Chow's research interests have been centered on glioblastoma multiforme, a particularly devastating form of cancer in adults and children. His work has resulted in the development of a number of novel and robust laboratory models for this disease. Using these models and interfacing with clinical trials in the Neuro-Oncology Program as well as those from national consortia such as the Children's Oncology Group (COG) and the Pediatric Brain Tumor Consortium (PBTC), Chow’s laboratory will continue research in this area with the goals of better understanding the origins of this form of cancer and improving patient outcomes.
PhD: McGill University, Montreal, Quebec, Canada, 1996.
MDCM: McGill University, Montreal, Quebec, Canada, 1997.
Residency: The Hospital for Sick Children, University of Toronto, Toronto, Canada, 1997-2000.
Clinical Fellowship: The Hospital for Sick Children, University of Toronto, Toronto, Canada, 2000-2003.
Postdoctoral Fellowship: St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, Memphis, TN, 2003-2009.
Clinical Fellowship: St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, Memphis TN, 2008-2009.
Certification: Pediatrics, 2000.
Hummel, TR, Chow, LML, Fouladi, M, and Franz, D. Pharmacotherapeutic management of pediatric astrocytomas: current and upcoming strategies. Pediatric Drugs 2013; 15:29-42.
Joshi, K, Banasavadi-Siddegowda, Y, Mo, X, Kim, SH, Mao, P, Kig, C, Nardini, D, Sobol, RW, Chow, LML, Kornblum, HI, Waclaw, R, Beullens, M, and Nakano, I. MELK-dependent FOXM1 phosphorylation is essential for proliferation of glioma stem cells. Stem Cells 2013; 31:1051-1063.
Zhong, Y, Wan, Y-W, Pang, K, Chow, LML, and Liu, Z. Digital sorting of complex tissues for cell type-specific gene expression profiles. BMC Bioinformatics 2013; 14:89.
Rafalski, VA, Ho, PP, Brett, JO, Ucar, D, Dugas, JC, Pollina, EA, Chow, LML, Ibrahim, A, Baker, SJ, Barres, BA, Steinman, L, and Brunet, A. Expansion of oligodendrocyte progenitor cells upon SIRT1 inactivation in the adult brain. Nature Cell Biol. 2013; 15:614-624.
Wojton, J, Chu, Z, Mathsyaraja, H, Meisen, WH, Denton, N, Kwon, C-H, Chow, LML, Palascak, M, Franco, R, Bourdeau, T, Thornton, S, Ostrowski, MC, Kaur, B, and Qi, X. Systemic delivery of SapC-DOPS has antiangiogenic and antitumor effects against glioblastoma. Mol. Ther. 2013; 21:1517-1525.
Chow LML, Endersby R, Zhu X, Rankin S, Qu C, Zhang J, Broniscer A, Ellison DW, Baker SJ. Cooperativity within and among Pten, p53 and Rb pathways induces high-grade astrocytoma in adult brain. Cancer Cell. 2011;19:305-316.
Lavado A, Lagutin O, Chow LML, Baker SJ, Oliver G. Prox1 is required for granule cell maturation and intermediate progenitor maintenance during brain neurogenesis. PLoS Biol. 2010;8:e1000460.
Cicero SA, Johnson D, Reyntjens S, Frase S, Connell S, Chow LML, Baker SJ, Sorrentino BP, Dyer MA. Cells previously identified as retinal stem cells are pigmented ciliary epithelial cells. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 2009 Apr;106(16):6685-90.
Weber T, Corbett MK, Chow LML, Valentine MB, Baker SJ, Zuo J. Rapid cell-cycle reentry and cell death after acute inactivation of the retinoblastoma gene product in postnatal cochlear hair cells. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 2008;105(2):781-5.
Chow LML, Zhang J, Baker SJ. Inducible Cre recombinase activity in mouse mature astrocytes and adult neural precursor cells. Transgenic Res. 2008;17(5):919-28.
Biplab Dasgupta, PhD, MS Member, Cancer Biology and Neural Tumors Program 513-803-1370 email@example.com
Member, Cancer Biology and Neural Tumors Program
Biplab Dasgupta, PhD, MS, completed his doctorate in molecular biology and immunology at the Indian Institute of Chemical Biology, Calcutta, and a postdoctoral fellowship at Washington University School of Medicine, Saint Louis. Dr. Dasgupta came to Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center in August 2009 as an assistant professor of pediatrics within the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine. He is interested in understanding how neural cell / stem cell metabolic and energy status is linked to cell cycle, lineage commitment, differentiation and tumorigenesis. His other interests include genetic, developmental, post-translational, tissue- and stimuli–specific regulation of the subunits that constitute the AMP kinase complex.
PhD: Indian Institute of Chemical Biology, Calcutta, 2003.
Postdoctoral Fellowship: Washington University School of Medicine, Saint Louis.
Xiaona Liu, Rishi Raj Chhipa and Biplab Dasgupta*. The Selective AMPK inhibitor Compound C is a potent AMPK-independent anti-glioma agent. Mol Cancer Ther. *Corresponding author. 2014 Mar:13(3):596-605
Xiaona Liu, Rishi Raj Chhipa, Shabnam Pooya, Matthew Wortman, Sara Yachishin, Ashish Kumar, Lionel Chow, Xuan Zhou, Ying Sun, Brian Quinn, Christopher McPherson, Ronald Warnick, Adi Kendler, Sailendra Giri, Jeroen Poels, Koennard Nogra, Benoit Viollet, Gregory A. Grabowski and Biplab Dasgupta*. Novel mechanisms of mTOR and cdc25c regulation by AMPK agonists independent of AMPK. Proc Natl Acad Sc U S A. *Corresponding author. 2014 Jan 28;111(4):E435-44.
Karkare S, Chhipa RR, Anderson J, Liu X, Henry H, Gasilina A, Nassar N, Roychoudhury J, Clark JP, Kumar A, Pauletti GM, Ghosh PK, Dasgupta B*. Direct inhibition of Retinoblastoma phosphorylation by Nimbolide causes cell cycle arrest and suppresses glioblastoma growth. Clin Cancer Research. 2014 Jan 1:20(1):199-212.
Dasgupta B, Ju JS, Sasaki Y, Liu X, Jung SR, Higashida K, Lindquist D, Milbrandt J. The AMPK beta2 subunit is required for energy homeostasis during metabolic stress. Mol Cell Biol. 2012; 32: 2837-48. Cover article. *Corresponding author.
Dasgupta B, Milbrandt J. AMP-activated protein kinase phosphorylates retinoblastoma protein to control mammalian brain development. Dev Cell. 2009 Feb;16(2):256-70.
Dasgupta B, Milbrandt J. Resveratrol stimulates AMP kinase activity in neurons. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 2007 Apr;24;104(17):7217-22.
Hegedus B, Dasgupta B, Shin JE, Emnett RJ, Hart-Mahon EK, Elghazi L, Bernal-Mizrachi E, Gutmann DH. Neurofibromatosis-1 regulates neuronal and glial cell differentiation from neuroglial progenitors in vivo by both cAMP- and Ras-dependent mechanisms. Cell Stem Cell. 2007 Oct 11;1(4):443-57.
Dasgupta B, Gutmann DH. Neurofibromin regulates neural stem cell proliferation, survival, and astroglial differentiation in vitro and in vivo. J Neurosci. 2005 Jun 8;25(23):5584-94.
Dasgupta B, Yi Y, Chen DY, Weber JD, Gutmann DH. Proteomic analysis reveals hyperactivation of the mammalian target of rapamycin pathway in neurofibromatosis 1-associated human and mouse brain tumors. Cancer Res. 2005 Apr 1;65(7):2755-60.
Dasgupta B, Li W, Perry A, Gutmann DH. Glioma formation in neurofibromatosis 1 reflects preferential activation of K-RAS in astrocytes. Cancer Res. 2005 Jan 1;65(1):236-45.
Rachid Drissi, PhD 513-803-0674 firstname.lastname@example.org
BS: University of Rouen, France, 1983.
MS: University of Rouen, France, 1984.
MS: University of Paris VI, France, 1988.
PhD: University of Paris VI, France, 1994.
Hummel TR, Salloum R, Drissi R, Kumar S, Sobo M, Goldman S, Pai A, Leach J, Lane A, Pruitt D, Sutton M, Chow LM, Grimme L, Doughman R, Backus L, Miles L, Stevenson C, Fouladi M, DeWire M. A pilot study of bevacizumab-based therapy in patients with newly diagnosed high-grade gliomas and diffuse intrinsic pontine gliomas.J Neurooncol. 2016 Mar;127(1):53-61.
Hoffman LM, DeWire M, Ryall S, Buczkowicz P, Leach J, Miles L, Ramani A, Brudno M, Kumar SS, Drissi R, Dexheimer P, Salloum R, Chow L, Hummel T, Stevenson C, Lu QR, Jones B, Witte D, Aronow B, Hawkins CE, Fouladi M. Spatial genomic heterogeneity in diffuse intrinsic pontine and midline high-grade glioma: implications for diagnostic biopsy and targeted therapeutics. Acta Neuropathol Commun. 2016 Jan 4;4(1):1.
Sturm D, Orr BA, Toprak UH, Hovestadt V, Jones DT, Capper D, Sill M, Buchhalter I, Northcott PA, Leis I, Ryzhova M, Koelsche C, Pfaff E, Allen SJ, Balasubramanian G, Worst BC, Pajtler KW, Brabetz S, Johann PD, Sahm F, Reimand J, Mackay A, Carvalho DM, Remke M, Phillips JJ, Perry A, Cowdrey C, Drissi R, Fouladi M, Giangaspero F, Łastowska M, Grajkowska W, Scheurlen W, Pietsch T, Hagel C, Gojo J, Lötsch D, Berger W, Slavc I, Haberler C, Jouvet A, Holm S, Hofer S, Prinz M, Keohane C, Fried I, Mawrin C, Scheie D, Mobley BC, Schniederjan MJ, Santi M, Buccoliero AM, Dahiya S, Kramm CM, von Bueren AO, von Hoff K, Rutkowski S, Herold-Mende C, Frühwald MC, Milde T, Hasselblatt M, Wesseling P, Rößler J, Schüller U, Ebinger M, Schittenhelm J, Frank S, Grobholz R, Vajtai I, Hans V, Schneppenheim R, Zitterbart K, Collins VP, Aronica E, Varlet P, Puget S, Dufour C, Grill J, Figarella-Branger D, Wolter M, Schuhmann MU, Shalaby T, Grotzer M, van Meter T, Monoranu CM, Felsberg J, Reifenberger G, Snuderl M, Forrester LA, Koster J, Versteeg R, Volckmann R, van Sluis P, Wolf S, Mikkelsen T, Gajjar A, Aldape K, Moore AS, Taylor MD, Jones C, Jabado N, Karajannis MA, Eils R, Schlesner M, Lichter P, von Deimling A, Pfister SM, Ellison DW, Korshunov A, Kool M. New brain tumour entities emerge from molecular classification of CNS-PNETs. Cell. 2016 Feb 25;164(5):1060-72.
Margol A, Robison N, Gnanachandran J, Hung LT, Kennedy R, Vali M, Muthugounder S, Dhall G, Finlay JL, Erdreich-Epstein A, Krieger MD, Drissi R, Fouladi M, Gilles FH, Judkins AR, Sposto R, Asgharzadeh S. Tumor Associated Macrophages in SHH Subgroup of Medulloblastomas. Clin Cancer Res. 2014 Oct 24.
Dorris K, Sobo M, Onar-Thomas A, Panditharatna E, Stevenson CB, Gardner SL, DeWire MD, Pierson CR, Rempel SA, Olshefski R, Goldman S, Miles L, Fouladi M, Drissi R*. Prognostic Significance of Telomere Maintenance Mechanisms in Pediatric High-Grade Gliomas. Journal of Neuro-Oncology. 2014 Jan 30. (*senior author)
Thompson PA, Drissi R*, Muscal JA, Panditharatna E, Fouladi M, Ingle AM, Ahern CH, Reid JM, Weigel BJ, Blaney SM. A Phase I Trial of Imetelstat in Children with Refractory or Recurrent Solid Tumors: A Children’s Oncology Group Phase 1 Consortium Study (ADVL1112). Clin Cancer Res. 2013 Oct 4. (*biology chair)
Sturm D, Witt H, Hovestadt V, Quang DK, Jones DTW, Konermann C, Pfaff E, Sill M, Bender S, Kool M, Becker N, Zucknick M, Hielscher T, Liu XY, Fontebasso AM, Rizhova M, Tönjes M, Albrecht S, Jacob K, Wolter M, Ebinger M, Schuhmann MU, van Meter T, Frühwald M, Hauch H, Pekrun A, Radlwimmer B, Niehues T, von Komorowski G, Dürken M, Kulozik AE, Madden J, Donson A, Drissi R, Fouladi M, Scheurlen W, von Deimling A, Monoranu C, Roggendorf W, Herold-Mende C, Unterberg A, Kramm CM, Felsberg J, Hartmann C, Milde T, Witt O, Lindroth A, Schwartzentruber J, Faury D, Zakrzewska M, Zakrzewski K, Liberski PP, Zapatka M, Hauser P, Garami M, Klekner A, Bognar L, van Sluis P, Volckmann R, Mikkelsen T, Aldape K, Reifenberger G, Collins VP, Majewski J, Korshunov A, Lichter P, Plass C, Jabado N, Pfister SM. Hotspot Mutations in H3F3A and IDH1 Define Distinct Epigenetic and Biological Subgroups of glioblastoma. Cancer Cell. 2012;22:425-437.
Drissi R*, Bockhold CA, Wu J, Dome JS*. Telomere Shortening Alters the Kinetics of the DNA Damage Response after Ionizing Radiation in Human Cells. Cancer Prev Res. 2011;4(12):1973-1981. (*joint senior author)
Kavanaugh GM, Wise-Draper TM, Morreale RJ, Morrison MA, Gole B, Shwemberger S, Tichy ED, Lu L, Babcock GF, Wells JM, Drissi R, Bissler JJ, Stambroock PJ, Andreassen PR, Wiesmüller L, Wells SI. The human DEK oncogene regulates DNA damage response signaling and repair. Nucleic Acids Res. 2011;39(17):7465-7476.
Sanders RP, Drissi R, Billups CA, Daw NC, Valentine MB, Dome JS. Telomerase expression predicts unfavorable outcome in osteosarcoma. J Clin Oncol. 2004 Sep 15;22(18):3790-7.
John P. Perentesis, MD, FAAP Director, Division of Oncology and Cancer Programs 513-636-8241 email@example.com
Director, Division of Oncology and Cancer Programs
Deb Kleisinger Endowed Chair of Novel Cancer Treatments
Co-Executive Director, Cancer and Blood Diseases Institute
Director, Leukemia / Lymphoma Program
Cincinnati Children's Principal Investigator, Children’s Oncology Group (COG)
Cincinnati Children's Principal Investigator, National Cancer Institute Pediatric Phase 1 Consortium
Acute myeloid leukemia; neuroblastoma; PNET / Ewing's sarcoma and osteosarcoma; new anticancer drug development; Phase I clinical trials
John P. Perentesis, MD, is a nationally recognized expert in the development of new drugs and molecular therapies for pediatric and young adult cancers and leukemia. His laboratory has developed novel anticancer drugs, and discovered genes important in the growth of normal and malignant cells. His laboratory is also developing the use of tumor and patients genetics research for personalizing therapies. In clinical research, he serves in leadership roles for the National Cancer Institute’s Investigational Drug Steering Committee and the NCI Pediatric Phase I Consortium.
In 2010, Dr. Perentesis was elected by pediatric oncologists from across the country to the national Executive Committee for the NCI-funded Children’s Oncology Group (COG). The COG is the world's largest, cooperative children's cancer research entity. He also is in leadership efforts in the COG for new therapies for leukemia, and adolescent and young adult cancers.
Dr. Perentesis has been elected by his peers for inclusion in Best Doctors in America® from 1998 to 2016.
MD: University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI, 1980.
Residency: University of Minnesota Medical School, Minneapolis, MN, 1983.
Fellowship: University of Minnesota Medical School, Minneapolis, MN, 1986.
Postdoctoral: University of Minnesota Medical School, Minneapolis, MN, 1986.
Certification: Pediatrics, 1989; Hematology/Oncology, 1990.
Dorris K, Fouladi M, Davies SM, Perentesis JP, Lawrence JM, Chow LM, Assa'ad A, Uygungil B, Jodele S. . Severe Allergic Reactions to Thiol-based Cytoprotective Agents Mesna and Amifostine in a Child With a Supratentorial Primitive Neuroectodermal Tumor. J Pediatr Hematol Oncol. 2011 Jun 3.
Davies SM, Perentesis JP. Tribute: the American Society of Pediatric Hematology/Oncology (ASPHO), 2011 Distinguished Career Award goes to Dr. William G. Woods. Pediatr Blood Cancer. 2011 Jun;56(6):895-6.
Phillips CL, Gerbing R, Alonzo T, Perentesis JP, Harley IT, Meshinchi S, Bhatla D, Radloff G, Davies SM. MDM2 polymorphism increases susceptibility to childhood acute myeloid leukemia: a report from the Children's Oncology Group. Pediatr Blood Cancer. 2010 Aug;55(2):248-53.
Wagner LM, Perentesis JP, Reid JM, Ames MM, Safgren SL, Nelson MD Jr, Ingle AM, Blaney SM, Adamson PC. Phase I trial of two schedules of vincristine, oral irinotecan, and temozolomide (VOIT) for children with relapsed or refractory solid tumors: a Children's Oncology Group phase I consortium study. Pediatr Blood Cancer. 2010 Apr;54(4):538-45.
Mehta PA, Gerbing RB, Alonzo TA, Elliott JS, Zamzow TA, Combs M, Stover E, Ross JA, Perentesis JP, Meschinchi S, Lange BJ, Davies SM. FAS promoter polymorphism: outcome of childhood acute myeloid leukemia. A children's oncology group report. Clin Cancer Res. 2008 Dec 1;14(23):7896-9.
Bhatla D, Gerbing RB, Alonzo TA, Conner H, Ross JA, Meshinchi S, Zhai X, Zamzow T, Mehta PA, Geiger H, Perentesis J, Davies SM. Cytidine deaminase genotype and toxicity of cytosine arabinoside therapy in children with acute myeloid leukemia. Br J Haematol. 2009 Feb;144(3):388-94.
Geller JI, Wall D, Perentesis J, Blaney SM, Bernstein M; Pediatric Oncology Group study 9376. Phase I study of paclitaxel with standard dose ifosfamide in children with refractory solid tumors: a Pediatric Oncology Group study (POG 9376). Pediatr Blood Cancer. 2009 Mar;52(3):346-50.
Johansson G, Mahller YY, Collins MH, Kim MO, Nobukuni T, Perentesis J, Cripe TP, Lane HA, Kozma SC, Thomas G, Ratner N. Effective in vivo targeting of the mammalian target of rapamycin pathway in malignant peripheral nerve sheath tumors. Mol Cancer Ther. 2008 May;7(5):1237-45.
Bhatla D, Gerbing RB, Alonzo TA, Mehta PA, Deal K, Elliott J, Meshinchi S, Geiger H, Perentesis JP, Lange BJ, Davies SM; Children's Oncology Group. DNA repair polymorphisms and outcome of chemotherapy for acute myelogenous leukemia: a report from the Children's Oncology Group. Leukemia. 2008 Feb;22(2):265-72.
Mo J, Lampkin B, Perentesis J, Poole L, Bao L. Translocation (8;18;16)(p11;q21;p13). A new variant of t(8;16)(p11;p13) in acute monoblastic leukemia: case report and review of the literature. Cancer Genet Cytogenet. 2006 Feb;165(1):75-8. Review.
Nancy Ratner, PhD Beatrice C. Lampkin Chair, Cancer Biology 513-636-9469 firstname.lastname@example.org
Beatrice C. Lampkin Chair, Cancer Biology
Program Leader, Cancer and Biology and Neural Tumors Program
Preclinical testing in neurofibromatosis tumors
Nancy Ratner, PhD, is interested in understanding mechanisms of peripheral nerve tumor (neurofibroma) formation in neurofibromatosis type 1 (NF1), a common inherited disorder in which children are predisposed to cancer of the nervous system, to learning problems, bone disorders, and other cancers. She identified EGFR and MEK as potential therapeutic targets in NF1 peripheral nerve tumorigenesis, and has developed cell culture and mouse models of NF1 nerve tumorigenesis. Her laboratory has also used analysis of gene expression to identify critical genes in neurofibroma and their malignant derivatives, MPNST.
Dr. Ratner received her bachelor's from Brown University, her doctorate from Indiana University, and was a postdoctoral fellow at Washington University in St. Louis. She was a member of the faculty at the University of Cincinnati from 1987 to 2004. Dr. Ratner is currently a professor in the Department of Pediatrics, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, University of Cincinnati, and the program leader for Cancer Biology and Neural Tumors Program in the Cancer and Blood Diseases Institute where she holds the Beatrice C. Lampkin Endowed chair in cancer biology and serves as PI of the NINDS P50 “Cincinnati Center in NF Research.”
Dr. Ratner is an active member of the International Consortium on the Molecular Biology of NF1, NF2, and Schwannomatosis and was a member of the advisory board for the National Neurofibromatosis Foundation (now Children’s Tumor Foundation) from 1989 to 2007. She chaired the Department of Defense Neurofibromatosis Research Program Integration Panel in 2008, and currently serves as a member of the James McDonnell Brain Tumor Research Advisory Board. She received the von Recklinghausen Award from the Children’s Tumor Foundation in 2010 and the Jacob K. Javits Neuroscience Investigator Award (NIH-NINDS MERIT Award) in 2014.
PhD: Indiana University, 1982.
BA: Brown University, 1975.
Fellowship: Washington University St. Louis, 1982-1987.
Mayes DA, Rizvi TA, Titus-Mitchell HA, Oberst R, Ciraolo GM, Vorhees CV, Robinson AP, Miller SD, Stemmer-Rachamimov AO, Ratner N. Nf1 loss and Ras activation in Oligodendrocytes induce NOS-driven Defects in Myelin and Vasculature. Cell Reports. 2013 Sep 26;4(6):1197-212.
Rahrmann EP, Watson AL, Keng VW, Choi K, Moriarity B, Beckmann DA, Wolf N, Sarver A, Collins MH, Moertel CL, Wallace MR, Gel B, Serra S, Ratner N, Largaespada DA. Forward genetic screen for malignant peripheral nerve sheath tumor formation identifies novel genes and genetic pathways driving tumorigenesis. Nature Genetics. 2013;45(7):756-66.
Watson AL, Rahrmann EP, Moriarity B, Choi K, Conboy C, Greeley A, Halfond A, Anderson L, Wahl B, Keng VW, Rizzardi A, Forser C, Collins MH, Sarver A, Wallace M, Schmechel S, Ratner N, Largaespada DA. Canonical Wnt/β-catenin Signaling Drives Human Schwann Cell Transformation, Progression, and Tumor Maintenance. Cancer Discov. 2013 Jun;3(6):674-689.
Prada CE, Jousma E, Rizvi TA, Wu J, Dunn RS, Mayes DA, Cancelas JA, Dombi E, West BL, Bollag G, Ratner N. Neurofibroma associated macrophages play roles in tumor growth and response to pharmacological inhibition. Acta Neurpathol. 2013;125(1):159-68.
Jessen WJ, Miller SJ, Jousma E, Rizvi TA, Eaves D, Wu J, Widemann B, Kim M-O, Dombi E, Dudley AH, Niwa-Kawakita M, Page GP, Giovannini M, Aronow BJ, Cripe TP, Ratner N. MEK Inhibition Exhibits Efficacy in Human and Mouse Neurofibromatosis Tumors Despite Transcriptional Feedback onto ERK. J Clin. Invest. 2013 Jan 2;123(1):340-7.
Patel AV, Eaves D, Jessen WJ, Rizvi TA, Ecsedy JA, Qian MG, Aronow BJ, Perentesis JP, Serra E, Cripe TP, Miller SJ, Ratner N. Ras-Driven Transcriptome Analysis Identifies Aurora Kinase A as a Potential Malignant Peripheral Nerve Sheath Tumor Therapeutic Target. Clin Canc Res. 2012 Sep 15;18(18):5020-30.
Hennigan RF, Moon CO, Parysek LM, Monk KR, Morfini G, Berth S, Brady ST, Ratner N. Merlin Modulates Microtubule-Based Vesicle Trafficking via Rac, MLK and p38SAPK. Oncogene. 2012;29(3):368-79.
Mayes DA, Rizvi TA, Cancelas JA, Kolasinski NT, Ciraolo GM, Stemmer-Rachamimov AO, Ratner N. Perinatal or Adult Nf1 Inactivation Using Tamoxifen-Inducible PlpCre Each Cause Neurofibroma Formation. Cancer Res. 2011 Jul 1;71(13):4675-85.
Hummel TR, Jessen WJ, Miller SC, Kluwe L, Mautner VF, Wallace MR, Lázaro C, Page G, Worley P, Aronow BJ, Schorry E, Ratner N. Gene expression analysis identifies potential biomarkers of neurofibromatosis type 1 including adrenomedullin. Clin Cancer Res. 2010;16 5048-57.
Miller SJ, Jessen WJ, Mehta T, Hardiman A, Sites E, Kaiser S, Jegga A, Li H, Upadhyaya M, Giovannini M, Muir D, Wallace MR, Lopez E, Serra E, Lazaro C, Stemmer-Rachamimov A, Page G, Aronow BJ, Ratner N. Integrative genomic analyses of neurofibromatosis tumors identify SOX9 as biomarker and survival gene. EMBO Mol Medicine. 2009 1(4): 236-48.
Mitogenic Activities in Neurofibromatosis. Principle Investigator. Sept 2011-2016. NIH-R01 NS 28840-20.
Preclinical Testing: GEM-Neurofibroma. Principal Investigator. Children's Tumor Foundation. Aug 2013-Jul 2016.
Identification of Neurofibroma Growth and Drug Resistance Pathways. Principal Investigator. Neurofibromatosis Therapeutic Acceleration Program (NTAP). Apr 2014-Mar 2016.
Ras Proteins in Nerve Tumorigenesis. Principal Investigator. Apr 2014-Mar 2019. 1R01 NS083580-01A1.
Novel Combinatorial Therapies for Malignant Peripheral Nerve Sheath Tumors. Co-Principal Investigator. Jul 2014-Jun 2016. 1R21NS084885-01A1.
Disordered Wnt/b-catenin signaling in MPNST Development and Maintenance. Co-Principal Investigator. Oct 2014-Sep 2019. 1R01NS086219-01A1.
Can targeted therapy prevent neurofibroma growth in mice? Principal Investigator. Neurofibromatosis Therapeutic Acceleration Program (NTAP). Sep 2014-Aug 2016.
Jianqiang Wu, MD, MS Member, Cancer Biology and Neural Tumors Program 513-636-0955 email@example.com
Preclinical therapeutic trial on neurofibroma; cancer stem cell(s) in neurofibroma
MD: Soochow University College of Medicine, SooChow, PR China, 1991.
MS: Soochow University College of Medicine, SooChow, PR China, 1996.
Wu J, Keng WV, Patmore DM, Kendall JK, Patel AV, Jousma E, Jessen WJ, Choi K, Tschida BR, Fan D, et al. Insertional mutagenesis identifies a STAT3/Arid1b/β-catenin pathway driving neurofibroma initiation. Cell Reports. 2016;14(8):1979-90.
Li H, Zhao X, Yan X, Jessen WJ, Kim M-O, Dombi E, Liu PP, Huang G, Wu J. Runx1 contributes to neurofibromatosis type1 neurofibroma formation. Oncogene. 2016;35(11):1468-74.
Wu J*, Huang G, Ratner N. Runx1: a new driver in neurofibromagenesis. Oncoscience. 2015;2(11):904-5. (*Corresponding author)
Jousma E, Rizvi TA, Wu J, Janhofer D, Dombi E, Dunn RS, Kim M, Masters AR, Jones DA, Cripe TP, Ratner N, Jousma E. Preclinical assessments of the MEK inhibitor PD-0325901 in a mouse model of neurofibromatosis type 1. Pediatr Blood Cancer. 2015;62(10):1709-16.
Wu J, Patmore DM, Jousma E, Eaves DW, Schwartz EB, Fuchs JR, Cripe TP, Stemmer- Rachamimov A, Ratner N. EGFR-STAT3 signaling promotes formation of malignant peripheral nerve sheath tumors. Oncogene. 2014;33(2):173-80.
Jessen W, Miller S, Jousma E, Wu J, Rizvi T, Eaves D, Widemann B, Dombi E, Dudley A, Niwa-Kawakita M, et al. MEK Inhibition Exhibits Efficacy in Human and Mouse Neurofibromatosis Tumors. J Clin Invest. 2013;123(1):340-7.
Prada CE, Jousma E, Rizvi TA, Wu J, Dunn RS, Mayes DA, Cancelas JA, Dombi E, Kim MO, West BL, Bollag G, and Ratner N. Neurofibroma-associated macrophages play roles in tumor growth and response to pharmacological inhibition. Acta Neuropathol. 2013;125(1):159-68.
Patmore DM, Welch S, Fulkerson PC, Wu J, Choi K, Eaves D, Kordich JJ, Collins MH, Cripe TP, Ratner N. In vivo regulation of TGFβ by R-Ras2 revealed through loss of the RasGAP protein Nf1. Cancer Res. 2012;72(20):5317-27.
Wu J, Williams JP, Rizvi TA, Kordich JJ, Witte D, Meijer D, Stemmer-Rachamimov AO, Cancelas JA, Ratner N. Plexiform and dermal neurofibromas and pigmentation are caused by Nf1 loss in desert hedgehog expressing cells. Cancer Cell. 2008;13(2):105-116.
*Williams JP, *Wu J, Johansson G, Rizvi TA, Miller SC, Geiger H, Malik P, Li W, Mukouyama YS, Cancelas JA, Ratner N. Nf1 mutation expands an EGFR-dependent peripheral nerve progenitor population that confers tumorigenic potential. Cell Stem Cell. 2008; 3(6):658-69 (*contributed equally to the work).
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