Pediatric Brain Tumor Research

Basic Science Research

The basic science pediatric neurosurgery research program is aimed at increasing our understanding of how the brain develops and finding new treatments for pediatric brain tumors. Current research projects include:

• Developmental biology of the mammalian brain

• Evaluation of novel therapeutics in a rodent model of brainstem glioma

• Developmental cues in the early embryo regulating medulloblastoma migration

• Developmental biology of the cerebellum and mouse models of medulloblastoma

• Mouse models of medulloblastoma and neuroblastoma, and small molecule inhibitors for cancer therapeutics

Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation Institute at UCSF: The Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation of the United States has granted the BTRC an Institute Award to study central nervous system tumors in children. The grant funds five research projects that focus on pediatric brainstem glioma and medulloblastoma.