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Division of Pediatric Hematology/Oncology

Department of Pediatrics

Brain Tumor Program

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University of Minnesota Brain Tumor Program

A Leading Translational Neuro-Oncology Program

The mission of the University of Minnesota Brain Tumor Program (UMBTP) is to continually distinguish itself as a national leader in the field of neuro-oncology by combining the principles of outstanding clinical care and education with cutting edge research. 

The Bench-to-Bedside Approach

As a translational neuro-oncology program, the UMBTP accelerates the flow of information from basic science to the discovery of safer and more effective therapies for central nervous system (CNS) tumors.

This "bench-to-bedside" approach is made possible by the collaboration of strong, multidisciplinary teams who work towards a common goal - curing nervous system tumors using safer and more effective therapies.

A Multidisciplinary Team

The UMBTP consists of many dedicated researchers and clinicians of numerous disciplines and specialties.  These disciplines and specialties include - but are not limited to - cancer genetics, neuro-oncology, neurosurgery, pharmacy, biomedical engineering, and veterinary medicine.

Click here for more information about the UMBTP Executive Committee and our dedicated members.

News and Upcoming Events
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2015 Neurofibromatosis 1 Symposium & Family Dinner


The Brain Tumor Program, of the Department of Pediatrics and the Masonic Cancer Center, has partnered with the Children's Tumor Foundation to present the 2015 Neurofibromatosis 1 Symposium & Family Dinner on November 12th and November 13th, 2015 in CCRB. Thursday night will be a dinner geared towards patients and families and will have a keynote by Dr. David Largaespada. Friday's talks will be geared towards healthcare providers, patients and families interested in learning about scientific advances and current management practices for NF1; breakfast and lunch will be provided.

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Canine Brain Tumor Research

The Canine Brain Tumor Clinical Trial Program offers cutting edge therapy for dogs to preserve quality of life and improve long-term survival rates.  The information gathered from treating dogs is used to design similar treatments for people with brain tumors.

As the Director of the Canine Brain Tumor Program, Dr. Elizabeth Pluhar coordinates collaborations between the medical researchers and veterinarians to diagnose and treat brain tumors in dogs with breakthrough therapies.  She leads the Canine Brain Tumor Trials Program and enrolls pet dogs with spontaneous brain tumors into trials to assess novel therapies.  Eventually, those therapies that are effective in dogs will be translated to help people with brain tumors.

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More Information
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UMBTP Data & Journal Club

The UMBTP hosts a monthly Data & Journal Club - giving investigators and students the opportunity to share data, experimental designs, and relevant publications that spur innovative ideas and collaborations. Meetings are held the 2nd Thursday of the month from 9-10am in 3-150 CCRB. Follow us on Facebook to learn more about upcoming UMBTP Data & Journal Club meetings.

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Make a donation!

Your generous gift can make a diffference in brain tumor research at the University of Minnesota.  To learn more about making a donation, please contact Kathy Beenen.

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  • Last modified on October 28, 2014