Maria Fareri Children's Hospital Joins Children's Brain Tumor Network as Newest Member Institution

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PHILADELPHIA, PA - Oct. 24, 2024 - Children’s Brain Tumor Network (CBTN) welcomes Maria Fareri Children’s Hospital, a member of the Westchester Medical Center Health Network (WMCHealth) as a new member institution. CBTN membership now includes 34 leading institutions located across Europe, Asia, Australia and the United States.

Dr. Jared Pisapia will serve as CBTN principal investigator for Maria Fareri Children’s Hospital. Dr. Pisapia is also a member of the CBTN Scientific Committee.

“We’re excited to officially join the CBTN community and strengthen our partnerships with CBTN member sites around the world. The expertise and resources available through the CBTN will help expand our own clinical and research efforts to improve the quality of care for every one of our brain tumor patients and their families,” said Jared Pisapia, MD, MTR, attending pediatric neurosurgeon at Maria Fareri Children’s Hospital.

Located in Valhalla, NY, Maria Fareri Children’s Hospital, an academic partner of New York Medical College, is a 136-bed advanced pediatric center specializing in neurology, neurosurgery, hematology and oncology care.

As a CBTN member site, Maria Fareri Children’s Hospital contributes consented samples of childhood tissue to help advance understanding of childhood brain tumor biology. Each sample is deidentified before undergoing genetic sequencing, a process that converts the samples into data to provide value to researchers worldwide, while protecting the privacy of each child. No single institution can collect enough samples on their own, making collaboration through CBTN an essential step towards more effective treatments for children.

“Collaboration across health institutions is critical to accelerate cures for children and young adults diagnosed with a brain tumor. We’re thrilled to welcome Maria Fareri Children’s Hospital as a new CBTN member institution,” said Phillip “Jay” Storm, MD, CBTN Cofounder and Chief of the Division of Neurosurgery at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia.

About Children’s Brain Tumor Network (CBTN)

CBTN is a collaborative research effort to accelerate treatments for children with brain tumors. Collectively, CBTN’s 34 international member institutions have enrolled more than 5,000 study participants and more than 45,000 biospecimen samples to create the world’s most comprehensive repository of childhood brain tumors. CBTN’s suite of informatics and analytics platforms enable researchers to collaborate in real-time on behalf of children diagnosed with a brain tumor. Learn more at

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