UC Brain Tumor Center, Cincinnati Children’s Launch New Collaboration in Brain Cancer Research

Grant recipients Richard Lu, PhD, left, and Rachid Drissi, PhD. Photos courtesy of Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center.

Grant recipients Richard Lu, PhD, left, and Rachid Drissi, PhD. Photos courtesy of Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center.

Contact: Cindy Starr
(513) 558-3505

Can discoveries in pediatric brain cancer research help adults? And can discoveries in adult brain cancer help children?

Hopeful that the answer is yes, University of Cincinnati faculty members at Cincinnati’s adult and pediatric brain tumor centers are collaborating with the new Basic and Translational Pediatric CNS Malignancies Pilot Grant Program. The program was launched recently when $50,000 in funds generated by the endowed John M. Tew, Jr., MD, Chair in Neurosurgical Oncology were awarded to two laboratory researchers at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center.

Ronald Warnick, MD

Ronald Warnick, MD

Ronald Warnick, MD, director of the Brain Tumor Center at the UC Cancer Institute and UC Gardner Neuroscience Institute and holder of the Tew Chair, announced the emerging collaboration.

The program awarded two grants to accelerate basic and translational research of pediatric brain tumors. Pilot grants of $25,000 were awarded to:

  • Rachid Drissi, PhD, for the study of induced telomere damage in the treatment of poor-prognosis pediatric brain tumors
  • Richard Lu, PhD, for the study of tumor-initiating cells in primary and recurrent medulloblastoma

“We are collaborating in translational research with the hope that findings in pediatric brain tumors would apply to adults, and vice versa,” Warnick says. “Bringing together this amalgam of adult and pediatric researchers gives us the power of critical mass. The collaboration also provides pediatric researchers with continued access to the UC Cancer Institute’s comprehensive tissue bank.”

“We are thrilled to collaborate with the UC Brain Tumor Center to conduct cutting-edge basic and translational research,” says Maryam Fouladi, MD, MSc, Professor and Marjory J. Johnson Chair of Brain Tumor Translational Research and Medical Director of the Brain Tumor Center at Cincinnati Children’s.

“Support through these grants is critical to move these novel pilot studies forward. We are lucky to have a team of enthusiastic and smart basic, clinical and translational researchers at both Cincinnati Children’s and UC who work collaboratively to advance the field. I look forward to continuing and expanding these collaborations between our programs.”

The partnership follows a major cancer collaboration through the new Cincinnati Children’s/UC Health Proton Therapy Center in Liberty Township, Ohio. “Although our proton therapy center is primarily regarded as clinical, one of its pillars is translational research,” Warnick says.

Warnick anticipates that pilot grants funded by the Tew Chair will bear fruit in the form of future grants from the National Institutes of Health as well as grants that involve researchers from both the pediatric and adult brain tumor centers.

This entry was posted in Press Releases. Bookmark the permalink. Both comments and trackbacks are currently closed.
  • Print This Page
  • Make an Appointment: Schedule Now
  • Sign up for our newsletter!
  • Hope Stories

    • Troy’s Story: Proton Therapy for Brain Cancer

      Troy's Story: Proton Therapy for Brain Cancer Troy Witt, 65, a London, Kentucky resident and a self-proclaimed "country boy,” says he loves his family, fishing, woodworking and riding on his tractor. But all of these activities have been put on hold since spring 2016 when Witt’s...
    • Jim’s Story: Acromegaly / Pituitary Tumor

      Jim's Story: Acromegaly / Pituitary Tumor Four years later, Jim’s story just keeps getting better. Because four years after being treated for a pituitary tumor at the UC Brain Tumor Center, Jim continues to feel better and better. The size of his head has gone down....
    • Jerry’s Story: Spinal Tumor

      Jerry's Story: Spinal Tumor On an ordinary day in February 2009, John M. Tew, MD, got one of the true surprises of his career. He was seeing patients in his Mayfield Clinic office on the University of Cincinnati medical campus when an unexpected guest...
    • Troy’s Testimonial: ‘Out of 5 Stars, They Get 6’

      Troy’s Testimonial: ‘Out of 5 Stars, They Get 6’ Troy Sheldon has something to say, and he’d like...
    • Brian’s Story: Meningioma

      Brian's Story: Meningioma “Carefree” is the word Brian uses to describe his life back then. He was 39 years old, happily married and the father of three children under the age of 5. “Life was busy, but that felt normal,” he says, reflecting. “The only...
    • Bob’s Story: Recurrent Glioblastoma

      Bob's Story: Recurrent Glioblastoma Glioblastomas come back. Sometimes sooner, sometimes later, but they always come back. “That’s the...
    • Lynne’s Story: Brain Metastasis

      Lynne's Story: Brain MetastasisSemiretired and working part-time at a restaurant, Lynne knew something was amiss when she looked at the cash register and then struggled to make her hands produce the correct amount of change. Could she have suffered a stroke? Lynne pushed the...