UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital
I am an Associate Professor in the UCSF Departments of Neurological Surgery and Pathology, Director of the UCSF Brain Tumor Research Center Tissue Biorepository and Histology Core, Co-Director of the UCSF Neuropathology BTRC Biomarkers Laboratory, Co-Director of the UCSF Brain Tumor SPORE Biorepository, and Director of the Biospecimen and Biostatistics Core for a UCSF brain tumor-focused Program Project (P01). I received my MD and PhD in Neuroscience from the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine in 2002, and I have over ten years of experience working in cancer and neuropathology. My research interests focus on studying how factors in the brain tumor microenvironment, including the extracellular matrix and immune cells, influence tumor development and invasion. I am the PI of an NINDS-funded R01 and an NCI-funded U01, and have published over 70 publications related to the development and therapy of brain tumors.
Target Identification and Modeling of NF1-associated Low-grade Glioma
Low grade gliomas are often associated with the genetic disorder neurofibromatosis type 1 and research is needed to develop targeted therapies for such tumors. The Children’s Brain Tumor Network is providing researchers with rare samples necessary to accelerate progress in the treatment of NF1-LGGs.
Michael J. Fisher
Investigating the Immune Response in Pediatric Glioma Subsets
Preliminary analysis of data on the immune response of pediatric low grade glioma shows promising leads for treatment prioritization. Using data from the Pediatric Brain Tumor Atlas, researchers will deepen this analysis on a larger dataset.
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
Low-Grade Gliomas also called astrocytomas are the most common cancer of the central nervous system in children. They represent a heterogeneous group of tumors that can be discovered anywhere within the brain or spinal cord. Although surgical resection may be curative, up to 20% of children still su