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ABTA Awards $50k Grant for Study of Energy Pathway in Glioblastoma

ABTA Awards $50k Grant for Study of Energy Pathway in Glioblastoma

The highly malignant brain cancer known as glioblastoma multiforme is an energy guzzler. To sustain the tumor’s rapid cell division and proliferation, glioblastoma cells harness a specific molecule that enables them to ramp up energy production. What if that energy spigot could be turned off and glioblastoma cells ran out of fuel? It is an…
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Dr. Mike Completes a Triathlon and Collects His Prize: a Perfect MRI

Dr. Mike Completes a Triathlon and Collects His Prize: a Perfect MRI

Sixteen months after receiving a diagnosis of brain cancer, Dr. Michael Wood continues to attack his disease with wellness. In addition to surgery, radiation, chemotherapy and strong family support, the 61-year-old Cincinnati otolaryngologist has worked hard to provide his own adjunctive therapy: a plant-based diet, engagement at work and rigorous exercise. Thus far, he is…
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Aspirin an Option for Patients with Small Acoustic Neuromas

Aspirin an Option for Patients with Small Acoustic Neuromas

Patients whose small acoustic neuroma tumors are being watched but not treated with surgery or radiation will be offered a new treatment option at the UC Brain Tumor Center: aspirin. Ravi Samy, MD, FACS, an ear, nose and throat surgeon and Director of the Adult Cochlear Implant Program at the UC Neuroscience Institute, now plans…
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10 Ways to Say, ‘I Love You, Brainy Valentine’

10 Ways to Say, 'I Love You, Brainy Valentine'

The day is here, and whether you have found the perfect card, have forgotten to buy flowers, or have been called in to work the night shift, you can still come through with a timeless gift of caring for your brainy Valentine. Here are 10 gift ideas from our experts on brain health at the…
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Brain Cancer Patients, Researcher Await Translation of Discovery into Clinical Trial

Brain Cancer Patients, Researcher Await Translation of Discovery into Clinical Trial

Whenever Xiaoyang Qi, PhD, publishes a new paper or is interviewed by the media, the e-mails arrive in clusters from all over the world. Humble, hopeful and often desperate, they come from patients and family members eager to know when Dr. Qi’s discovery – a drug that has the potential to target multiple types of…
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Plas Lab Eyes a New Glioma Target with $100k Grant

Plas Lab Eyes a New Glioma Target with $100k Grant

David Plas, PhD, Associate Professor of Cancer Biology at the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine, brings a fresh viewpoint and the mindset of a leukemia researcher to the problem of glioma, a stubbornly aggressive form of brain cancer. He notes that while leukemias are treated more successfully than ever before, “gliomas could stand some…
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UC Brain Tumor Center Celebrates a Stellar Weekend

UC Brain Tumor Center Celebrates a Stellar Weekend

Thousands of individuals were touched by the glow of camaraderie, compassion and support last weekend during two of the UC Brain Tumor Center’s most significant events of the year. On Saturday more than 170 patients, caregivers and family members from six states participated in the Midwest Regional Brain Tumor Conference at the Miami University Voice…
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Memories and Hope Stitched Together in Walk Ahead’s New Quilt

Memories and Hope Stitched Together in Walk Ahead’s New Quilt

Friends of the UC Brain Tumor Center this weekend will unveil the newest addition to the annual Walk Ahead for a Brain Tumor Cure: a beautiful T-shirt quilt crafted and donated by Teresa Finnerty of Mason, Ohio. The quilt, approximately 6 feet long by 6 feet wide, is made of scraps of fabric and cutouts…
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Brain Tumor Program Pairs Mentors with Newly Diagnosed Patients

Brain Tumor Program Pairs Mentors with Newly Diagnosed Patients

For patients who have been diagnosed with a brain tumor, the UC Brain Tumor Center offers this guarantee: you need not travel the path alone. A recently established mentoring program, Allies for Hope and Healing, seeks to pair patients who have been newly diagnosed with a benign or malignant brain tumor with a mentor who…
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Scholar Probes New Brain Cancer Pathway with $50k Grant from AANS Section on Tumors

Scholar Probes New Brain Cancer Pathway with $50k Grant from AANS Section on Tumors

Kazutaka “Kazu” Sumita, MD, PhD, knows how to meet a challenge. He earned his doctoral and medical degrees at Tokyo Medical & Dental University and then trained to become a brain surgeon. To date, he has performed more than 1,300 surgeries, including a particularly terrifying one. When the Higashi nihon daishinsa –the Great East Japan…
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