UPMC Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh

Pittsburgh, PA, USA
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The Neuro-Oncology Program at UPMC Children’s Hospital is at the center of finding new and improved treatments for pediatric brain and nervous system cancers. As one of the leading sites in the United States for childhood neurologic cancer research and clinical studies, UPMC Children’s brain tumor patients have access to clinical trials of the newest brain and spine cancer treatments.

Clinicians and researchers in Hematology, Oncology, and Neuro-Oncology develop research models that seek to learn why some children develop cancers; create innovative cancer treatments; and find cures for child with cancers.

Insights gained through this research enable healthcare providers to bring new treatment strategies from the lab to clinical trials for many types of brain tumors, including high-grade glioma studies lead by CBTTC PI Dr. Ian Pollack; making a powerful impact on the quality of life of childhood brain cancer patients.


Kimberly Diamond | Clinical Research Coordinator


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Scientific Committee

Sameer Agnihotri, PhD

Sameer Agnihotri, PhD, joined the faculty of the Department of Neurological Surgery at UPMC Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh in November of 2016.Dr. Agnihotri graduated from the University of Toronto in 2005 with a bachelor of science honors degree in biology, specializing in genetics. He earned hi

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Clayton A. Wiley, MD, PhD

Dr. Wiley's research concentrates on the pathogenesis of neurodegenerative diseases and in particular on viral and age induced nervous system diseases. Viruses damage the nervous system either by direct infection of neural cells or by secondary effects of an immune response. In recent years his stud


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Site Coordinator

Kimberly Diamond, BS, BA

Kimberly Diamond is a Clinical Research Coordinator at Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC.


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Gary Kohanbash, PhD

Gary Kohanbash, PhD, joined the faculty of the Department of Neurological Surgery at UPMC Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh in January of 2017.Dr. Kohanbash graduated from the University of Pittsburgh in 2007 with a bachelor of science honors degree in neuroscience, specializing in neurodegenerative

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Baoli Hu, PhD

Oncobiology of glioma and medulloblastoma; cancer stem cells; functional cancer genomics; mechanisms of tumor initiation, progression, treatment resistance, and recurrence; translational research in druggable targets and biomarkers discovery

Alberto Broniscer

Alberto Broniscer, MD, MS

Broniscer was recruited to the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine in August 2017 as a Professor of Pediatrics and Director of Pediatric Neuro-Oncology. He graduated from the São Paulo University Medical School in December 1989, where he also completed a two-year pediatric residency and an e


Udai S. Kammula, MD, FACS

Udai S. Kammula, MD, FACS, is visiting associate professor and director of the Solid Tumor Cell Therapy Program at UPMC Hillman Cancer Center, and surgical oncologist in the Department of Gastrointestinal Surgical Oncology. His research and clinical expertise includes cancer immunology, adoptive T