Team Award − Brain Tumor Center
Maryam Fouladi, MD, Director; Mariko DeWire, MD; Lionel Chow, MD; Lindsey Hoffman, DO, MS; Trent Hummel, MD; Ralph Salloum, MD
Biplab Dasgupta, PhD, MS; Rachid Drissi, PhD; Qing Richard Lu, PhD; Ronald Waclaw, PhD, MS
Blaise Jones, MD; Jim Leach, MD
Charles Stevenson, MD
David Witte, MD
The members of the multidisciplinary Brain Tumor Center at Cincinnati Children’s have worked together to create one of the leading brain tumor centers for pediatric patients, providing care to approximately 800 children from around the world each year. The Center has become a leader in the study of diffuse intrinsic pontine glioma (DIPG), a devastating brain cancer.
Clinical trials in the last 30 years have failed to improve outcomes for patients with DIPG. The Brain Tumor Center now offers hope. It is working to attract an adequate number of patients to collect biological samples and molecular and clinical data needed to advance understanding of the biology of DIPG tumors, and to conduct investigative studies and clinical trials. Families are supporting this work. Patients have been transported from West Virginia, Kentucky, northern Ohio, Indiana and Duke University to participate in the effort.
Basic research under way includes large-scale sequencing studies. Cincinnati Children’s also has become the operations and database center for the International DIPG Registry, and a member of the Pediatric Brain Tumor Consortium, which Maryam Fouladi chairs.
Thanks to the Brain Tumor Center, a comprehensive and now evidence-based approach is potentially available for groundbreaking studies and innovative therapy.