Senior Vice President of Center for Neuroscience and Behavioral Medicine; Director, Gilbert Neurofibromatosis Institute; Director, Brain Tumor Institute
Children's National Hospital
Dr. Packer has been heavily involved in clinical and applied basic science research. His clinical research has touched on various aspects of adult and child neurology and neuro-oncology, including adult and pediatric brain tumors, neurofibromatosis type 1, the neurologic aspects of childhood neurogenetic diseases, and multiple other topics in general child neurology. Much of his research has focused on the development and performance of clinical trials for adults and children with neurologic, neuro-oncologic and neurogenetic disorders, and he has received peer-reviewed grant support for this research. Many of the clinical trials in neurofibromatosis and brain tumors are translational, bringing advances from the bench to the bedside expeditiously.
Children’s National Hospital
Medulloblastomas comprises the vast majority of pediatric embryonal tumors and by definition arise in the posterior fossa, where they constitute approximately 40% of all posterior fossa tumors. Other forms of embryonal tumors each make up 2% or less of all childhood brain tumors.The clinical feature
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
Clinical Cancer Research
Upfront Biology-Guided Therapy in Diffuse Intrinsic Pontine Glioma: Therapeutic, Molecular, and Biomarker Outcomes from PNOC003
PNOC003 is a multicenter precision medicine trial for children and young adults with newly diagnosed diffuse intrinsic pontine glioma (DIPG).
Cassie Kline, Payal Jain, Lindsay Kilburn, Erin R. Bonner, Nalin Gupta, John R. Crawford, Anu Banerjee, Roger J. Packer; Javier Villanueva-Meyer, Tracy Luks, Yalan Zhang, Madhuri Kambhampati, Jie Zhang, Sridevi Yadavilli, Bo Zhang, Krutika S. Gaonkar, Jo Lynne Rokita, Adam Kraya, John Kuhn, Winnie Liang; Sara Byron, Michael Berens, Annette Molinaro, Michael Prados, Adam Resnick, Sebastian M. Waszak, Javad Nazarian, Sabine Mueller
Scientific Reports - Nature
Harmonization of Postmortem Donations for Pediatric Brain Tumors and Molecular Characterization of Diffuse Midline Gliomas
The whole genome sequencing and RNA sequencing data related to pediatric diffuse midline gliomas that is generated by researchers on this project will be shared widely with support from CBTN.
Kambhampati M, Panditharatna E, Yadavilli S, Saoud K, Lee S, Eze A, Almira-Suarez MI, Hancock L, Bonner ER, Gittens J, Stampar M, Gaonkar K, Resnick AC, Kline C, Ho C-Y, Waanders AJ, Georgescu M-M, Rance NE, Kim Y, Johnson C, Rood BR, Kilburn LB, Hwang EI, Mueller S, Packer RJ, Bornhorst M, Nazarian J.