Identifying New Cell Surface Targets for Immunotherapy Treatment of Poor Prognosis Pediatric Brain Tumors

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Avoiding Immune Destruction
Target Identification
All Brain Tumor Types
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Misty Jenkins

Walter and Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research (WEHI)
1G Royal Parade, Parkville Victoria 3052, Australia



CBTN Participants


Robert Connor Dawes Foundation

Carrie's Beanies for Brain Cancer

About this


Immunotherapy is a treatment strategy for patients that utilizes their own immune system to attack and remove cancer. Advancing immunotherapy requires researching the immune landscape of pediatric brain tumor patients. This will allow researchers to identify targets that are found on tumor cells and are not present on healthy cells. Once targets are identified, therapies can be developed that target the cancer cells, bolstering a patient’s immune system, leaving normal cells unharmed and hopefully leading to better outcomes. Immunotherapy has been successful in cancers of the blood but more research is needed to develop successful strategies to attack solid tumors such as those found in the brain. Researchers will screen the database of pediatric brain tumor tissue provided by the Pediatric Brain Tumor Atlas to identify a list of possibly targetable proteins. If targets specific to pediatric brain tumor types can be identified, personalized therapeutic strategies can be created for pediatric brain tumor treatments.

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What are the goals of this project?

Researchers seek to identify targets on tumor cells that can be utilized for immunotherapy.

What is the impact of this project?

Immunotherapy has been successful in cancers of the blood, and this work could help advance its use in patients with solid tumors.

Why is the CBTN request important to this project?

The Pediatric Brain Tumor Atlas provides researchers with the broad and comprehensive data needed to complete this analysis.

Specimen Data

The Children's Brain Tumor Network contributed to this project by providing access to the Pediatric Brain Tumor Atlas.

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