The Stanford Neuro-Oncology Program News and Events
Cancer cells have ‘unsettling’ ability to hijack the brain’s nerves
Tumour cells can plug into — and feed off — the brain’s complex network of neurons, according to a trio of studies. This nefarious ability could explain the mysterious behaviour of certain tumours, and point to new ways of treating cancer.
Deadly Brain Cancers Act Like 'Vampires' By Hijacking Normal Cells To Grow
Researchers are beginning to understand why certain brain cancers are so hard to stop. Three studies published in the journal Nature found that these deadly tumors integrate themselves into the brain's electrical network and then hijack signals from healthy nerve cells to fuel their own growth.
Brain tumors form synapses with healthy neurons, study finds
Scientists at the Stanford University School of Medicine have shown for the first time that severe brain cancers integrate into the brain's wiring.
The consummate neuro-oncologist
Michelle Monje’s teenage project to aid the disabled led her to neurology and a research career that’s bringing new hope for the treatment of childhood brain cancers and the mind-fog caused by chemotherapy.
Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE)
Congratulations to Michelle Monje, MD, PhD on receiving the PECASE. The PECASE is the highest honor bestowed by the United States Government to outstanding scientists and engineers who are beginning their independent research careers and who show exceptional promise for leadership in science and technology.
Sixty medical students presented a broad array of projects at this year’s medical student research symposium. Med Scholars mentor, Reena Thomas, MD, PhD, clinical assistant professor of neurology and neurological sciences, discusses how supporting students is one of her favorite aspects of the work.
Three types of cells in the brain’s white matter show interwoven problems during the cognitive dysfunction that follows treatment with the cancer drug methotrexate, Stanford neuroscientists have found.
Guided by Reena Thomas, MD, PhD, clinical assistant professor of neurology and neurological sciences and of neurosurgery, second-year medical student Judith Pelpola investigated therapies to reduce the recurrence of glioblastoma.
2019 Clinician Educator Awards
Cynthia J. Campen, MD, MS, Clinical Associate Professor, Neurology & Neurological Sciences (Child Neurology) was awarded a 2019 Cliician Educator Award for her project titled: Characterizing White Matter Microstructure of Optic Pathways Gliomas in Children with Neurofibromatosis Type 1
2018 NIH Director’s Pioneer Award
Michelle Monje, MD, PhD is a 2018 Awardee of the NIH Director’s Pioneer Award. The Pioneer Award supports individual scientists of exceptional creativity who propose highly innovative and potentially transformative approaches to major challenges in the biomedical or behavioral sciences towards the goal of enhancing human health. Dr. Monje received the award based on her laboratory research which discovered that neuronal activity critically regulates the progression of glial malignancies, and now seeks to leverage a deeper understanding of neuron-glioma interactions to develop novel therapeutic strategies for these lethal brain cancers.