Director of Clinical Research in the Department of Neuro-Oncology at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia
Children's Hospital of Philadelphia
Pediatric Neuro-Oncology, Clinical research, Early phase clinical trials in neuro-oncology, Developmental therapeutics
Investigating Disease Mechanism In Adamantinomatous Craniopharyngioma Using New Cell Line Models
Adamantiomatious craniopharyngioma (ACP) is an intracranial tumor with no currently available targeted drug therapeutics. Using cell lines provided by the Children’s Brain Tumor Network, researchers will develop new models for use in identifying therapeutic opportunities for this disease.
Precision Imaging of Pediatric High-grade Gliomas with Quantitative Diffusion Weighted Imaging and Texture Analysis to Identify Imaging Biomarkers That Predict Tumor Genetics and Patient Outcomes
The recently characterized molecular marker, histone H3 K27M, could prove important to the treatment of pediatric gliomas. Researchers will interrogate data from the Pediatric Brain Tumor Atlas in order to better understand this new class of malignant gliomas.
Childhood craniopharyngiomas are rare tumors usually found near the pituitary gland (a pea-sized organ at the bottom of the brain that controls other glands) and the hypothalamus (a small cone-shaped organ connected to the pituitary gland by nerves).Craniopharyngiomas are usually part solid mass and
High-grade Gliomas (HGG) or astrocytomas in children nearly always result in a dismal prognosis. Although novel therapeutic approaches are currently in development, preclinical testing has been limited, due to a lack of pediatric-specific HGG preclinical models. These models are needed to help test
Diffuse Intrinsic Pontine Glioma
A presumptive diagnosis of DIPG based on classic imaging features, in the absence of a histologic diagnosis, has been routinely employed. Increasingly however, histologic confirmation is obtained for both entry into research studies and molecular characterization of the tumor. New approaches with