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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 Associate Director for Safety and Compliance, Cancer and Blood Diseases Institute
Associate Director for Safety and Compliance, Cancer and Blood Diseases Institute
Cincinnati Children's Principal Investigator, New Approaches to Neuroblastoma Therapy Consortium
Medical Director, Neuroblastoma Program
Associate Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics
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
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. Rayburg M, Towbin A, Yin H, Maugans T, Maurer B, Nagarajan R, Weiss B. Langerhans cell histiocytosis in a patient with stage 4 neuroblastoma receiving oral fenretinide. Pediatr Blood Cancer. 2009 Dec;53(6):1111-3. Weiss B, Geiger H, Davies SM. Possible leukemogenic potential of temozolomide. Pediatr Blood Cancer. 2009 Apr;52(4):553.
Chan RJ, Cooper T, Kratz CP, Weiss B, Loh ML. Juvenile myelomonocytic leukemia: a report from the 2nd International JMML Symposium. Leuk Res. 2009 Mar;33(3):355-62.
Wagner LM, McLendon RE, Yoon KJ, Weiss BD, Billups CA, Danks MK. Targeting methylguanine-DNA methyltransferase in the treatment of neuroblastoma. Clin Cancer Res. 2007 Sep 15;13(18 Pt 1):5418-25.
Geiger H, Schleimer D, Nattamai KJ, Dannenmann SR, Davies SM, Weiss BD. Mutagenic potential of temozolomide in bone marrow cells in vivo. Blood. 2006 Apr 1;107(7):3010-1.
Weiss B and Shannon K. Preliminary Examples of Preclinical Trials. In Mouse Models of Cancer, Eric Holland (Ed). Wiley-Liss, 2004.
Michael J. Gelfand, MD Chief, Section of Nuclear Medicine, Department of Radiology and Medical Imaging
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.
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
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 with the University of Cincinnati and Children's Hospital Medical Center 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.
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
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, Laskin BL, Goebel J, Khoury JC, Pinkard SL, Carey PM, Davies SM. Does early initiation of therapeutic plasma exchange improve outcome in pediatric stem cell transplant-associated thrombotic microangiopathy? Transfusion. 2012 Jul 15;1537-2995.
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, Nehus E, Goebel J, Khoury JC, Davies SM, Jodele S. Cystatin C-estimated Glomerular Filtration Rate in Pediatric Autologous Hematopoietic Stem Cell Transplantation. Biol Blood Marrow Transplant. 2012 Jun 16.
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.
Haines HL, Laskin BL, Goebel J, Davies SM, Yin HJ, Lawrence J, Mehta PA, Bleesing JJ, Filipovich AH, Marsh RA, Jodele S. Blood, and Not Urine, BK Viral Load Predicts Renal Outcome in Children with Hemorrhagic Cystitis following Hematopoietic Stem Cell Transplantation. Biol Blood Marrow Transplant. 2011 Mar 6. 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.Jodele S, Bleesing JJ, Mehta PA, Filipovich AH, Laskin BL, Goebel J, Pinkard SL, Davies SM. Successful early intervention for hyperacute transplant-associated thrombotic microangiopathy following pediatric hematopoietic stem cell transplantation. Pediatr Transplant. 2010 Nov 5.
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.
Jodele S, Blavier L, Yoon JM, DeClerck YA. Modifying the soil to affect the seed: role of stromal-derived matrix metalloproteinases in cancer progression. Cancer Metastasis Rev. 2006 Mar;25(1):35-43.
Jodele S, Chantrain CF, Blavier L, Lutzko C, Crooks GM, Shimada H, Coussens LM, Declerck YA. The contribution of bone marrow-derived cells to the tumor vasculature in neuroblastoma is matrix metalloproteinase-9 dependent. Cancer Res. 2005 Apr 15;65(8):3200-8.
Lionel M. L. Chow, MD, PhD St. Baldrick’s Foundation Scholar
St. Baldrick’s Foundation Scholar
Sontag Foundation Distinguished Scientist
Mouse models for glioma; molecular profiling of tumor mutations; biomarkers of tumor progression; novel therapeutic agents for glioma
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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.
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.
2013 – 2014 Sophie’s Angel Run Foundation“Preclinical Testing of Notch and mTor Inhibition in a Mouse Model for High-Grade Glioma”
2011 – 2014 St. Baldrick’s Foundation Scholars Award"Molecular targeting of pediatric high-grade glioma"
2011 – 2015 Sontag Foundation Distinguished Scientist Award"Molecular targeting of high-grade astrocytoma"
Biplab Dasgupta, PhD, MS
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. 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.
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. Proceedings of National Academy of Sciences, USA. *Corresponding author. In Press.
Xiaona Liu, Rishi Raj Chhipa and Biplab Dasgupta*. The Selective AMPK inhibitor Compound C is a potent AMPK-independent anti-glioma agent. Molecular Cancer Therapeutics. *Corresponding author. In Press.
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. Clinical Cancer Research. 2013 Oct 31. Epub ahead of print. *Corresponding author.
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
John P. Perentesis, MD, FAAP Director, Division of Oncology and Cancer Programs
Director, Division of Oncology and Cancer Programs
Deb Kleisinger Endowed Chair of Novel Cancer Treatments
Executive Co-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
Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics
Acute myeloid leukemia; neuroblastoma; PNET / Ewing's sarcoma and osteosarcoma; new anticancer drug development; Phase I clinical trials
Molecular etiology and pharmacogenetics of pediatric cancers; Down syndrome-associated leukemia; new anticancer drug development
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.
The Children's Oncology Group Chair Grant. Site Principal Investigator. National Institutes of Health. Mar 2008 - Mar 2013. #U10 CA 098543.
Children's Oncology Group Phase I. Site Principal Investigator. National Institutes of Health. Aug 2002 - Jul 2012. #U01 CA 097452.
Children's Oncology Group New Publication Committee. National Institutes of Health. Sep 2006 - Jul 2012. #U01 CA 97542 .
Cincinnati Children's Hyundai Scholar in Childhood Cancer Drug Development. Hyundai Hope on Wheels. Oct 2010 - Oct 2011.
Nancy Ratner, PhD Beatrice C. Lampkin Chair, Cancer Biology
Beatrice C. Lampkin Chair, Cancer Biology
Development of the nervous system; peripheral nerve tumor formation
Genetic mutations in tumor suppressor genes
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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 as a potential therapeutic target 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.
PhD: Indiana University, 1982.
BA: Brown University, 1975.
Fellowship: Washington University St. Louis, 1982-1987.
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.
Shang X, Cancelas JA, Li L, Guo F, Liu W, Johnson JF, Ficker A, Daria D, Geiger H, Ratner N, Zheng YR. Ras and Rac1 GTPase Crosstalk Regulates Hematopoietic Progenitor Cell Migration, Homing and Mobilization. Biol Chem. 2011 May 13.
Wu. J, Dombi E, Jousma E, Dunn SR, Lindquist D, Kim M, Kim A, Cripe TP, Ratner N. Preclinical testing of sorafenib and RAD001 in the Nf(flox/flox); DhhCre mouse model of plexiform neurofibroma using magnetic resonance imaging. Pediatr Blood Cancer. 2012 Feb;58(2):173-80.
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.
Ryan MA, Nattamai KJ, Xing E, Schleimer D, Daria D, Sengupta A, Köhler A, Liu W, Gunzer M, Jansen M, Ratner N, Le Cras TD, Waterstrat A, Van Zant G, Cancelas JA, Zheng Y, Geiger H. Pharmacological inhibition of EGFR signaling enhances G-CSF induced hematopoietic stem cell mobilization. Nature Med. 2010 16(10):1141-6.
Miller SJ, Lan Z, Hardiman A, Wu J, Kordich JJ, Patmore D, Hegde R, Cripe TP, Cancelas J, Collins M, Ratner N. Inhibition of Eyes Absent Homolog 4 expression induces malignant peripheral nerve sheath tumor necrosis. Oncogene. 2009 29(3):368-79.
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.
Mahller Y, Williams J, Baird W, Mitton B, Grossheim J, Saeki Y, Cancelas J, Ratner N, Cripe T. Neuroblastoma cell lines contain pluripotent tumor initiating cells that are susceptible to a targeted oncolytic virus. PLoS ONE. 2009 4(1):e4235, 1– 0.
Williams JP, Wu J, Johansson G, Rizvi T, Miller SC, Geiger H, Malik P, Li W, Mukouyama Y, Cancelas JA, Ratner N. Nf1 mutation expands an EGFR-dependent peripheral nerve progenitor population that confers neurofibroma tumorigenic potential. Cell Stem Cell. 2008 3(6):658-69.
Johansson G, Mahller Y, Collins MH, Kim M-O, Nobukuni T, Perentesis JP, Cripe TP, Lane HA, Kozma S, Thomas G, Ratner N. Effective In Vivo Targeting of the mTOR Pathway in Malignant Peripheral Nerve Sheath Tumor. Mol. Cancer Therapeutics. 2008 7(5):1237-45.
Jianqiang Wu, MD, MS
Wu J, Patmore DM, Jousma E, Eaves DW, Schwartz EB, Fuchs JR, Cripe TP, Stemmer-Rachamimov AO, Ratner N. EGFR-STAT3 signaling promotes formation of malignant peripheral nerve sheath tumors. Oncogene. 2013.
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, Dombi E, Jousma E, Dunn SR, Lindquist D, Schnell BM, Kim M , Kim A, Cripe TP, Ratner N. Preclinical testing of Sorafenib and RAD001 in the Nf1 fl/fl;DhhCre mouse model of plexiform Neurofibroma using magnetic resonance imaging. Pediatric Blood & Cancer. 2012;58(2):173-80.
Miller SJ, Lan ZD, Hardiman A, Wu J, Kordich JJ, Patmore DM, Hegde RS, Cripe TP, Cancelas JA, Collins MH, Ratner N. Inhibition of Eyes Absent Homolog 4 expression induces malignant peripheral nerve sheath tumor necrosis. Oncogene. 2010;29(3):368-79.
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).
Monk KR, Wu J, Williams JP, Finney BA, Fitzgerald ME, Filippi MD, Ratner N. Mast cells can contribute to axon-glial dissociation and fibrosis in peripheral nerve. Neuron Glia Biology. 2007;3:233-244.
Wu J, Crimmins JT, Monk KR, Williams JP, Fitzgerald ME, Tedesco S, Ratner N. Perinatal Epidermal Growth Factor Receptor Blockade prevents Peripheral Nerve Disruption in a Mouse Model Reminiscent of Benign World Health Organization Grade I Neurofibroma. Am J Pathol. 2006; 168(5):1686-96.
*Ling BC, *Wu J, Miller SJ, Monk KR, Shamekh R, Rizvi TA, Decourten-Myers G, Vogel KS, DeClue JE, Ratner N. Role for the epidermal growth factor receptor in neurofibromatosis-related peripheral nerve tumorigenesis. Cancer Cell. 2005;7(1):65-75. Cover, (*contributed equally to the work).
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