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Stanford Brain Metastases Consortium

The Stanford Brain Metastases Consortium is a unique partnership between scientists, physicians and surgeons from across the Stanford community, that brings together experts in research and clinical care of brain metastases. Through more focused and collaborative efforts, our goal is to increase the number of available clinical trials and collaborative publications, and to enhance our patients' experience through a team-based approach to care. 


The Brain Metastases Consortium facilitates collaborative research between the many exceptional researchers and clinicians at Stanford University. These projects involve specialists from different departments, whose synergistic talents and interests when combined, exponentially advance our understanding of, and capacity to treat, metastatic brain tumors. Interests include cancer biology, radiation oncology, neuroscience, immunology, medical oncology, neurosurgery, physics, bio-engineering, neuro oncology, and population science, among others. 

Featured Publications:

Combined Nivolumab and Ipilimumab in Melanoma Metastatic to the Brain

Authors: Hussein A. Tawbi, Peter A. Forsyth, Alain Algazi, Omid Hamid, F. Stephen Hodi, Stergios J. Moschos, Nikhil I. Khushalani, Karl Lewis, Christopher D. Lao, Michael A. Postow, Michael B. Atkins, Marc S. Ernstoff, David A. Reardon, Igor Puzanov, Ragini R. Kudchadkar, Reena P. Thomas, Ahmad Tarhini, Anna C. Pavlick, Joel Jiang, Alexandre Avila,  Sheena Demelo, Kim Margolin

Published: The New England Journal of Medicine, August 2018

Recurrently Mutated Genes Differ between Leptomeningeal and Solid Lung Cancer Brain Metastases

Authors: Yingmei Li, Boxiang Liu, Ian David Connolly, Bina Wasunga Kakusa, Wenying Pan, Seema Nagpal, Stephen B. Montgomery, Melanie Hayden Gephart

Published: Journal of Thoracic Oncology, July 2018

Impact of CyberKnife Radiosurgery on Overall Survival and Various Parameters of Patients with 1-3 versus ≥ 4 Brain Metastases

Authors: Judith Murovic, Victoria Ding, Summer S Han, John R. Adler, Steven D. Chang

Published: Cureus, October 2017

History and current state of immunotherapy in glioma and brain metastasis

Authors: Tresa McGranahan, Gordon Li, Seema Nagpal

Published: Therapeutic Advances in Medical Oncology, February 2017

Video: New Technology Can Make Brain Surgery Safer

Consortium Meetings

Research Speed-Dating Symposium

Thursday, September 6, 2018
4:00PM - 5:30PM
Beckman Center, Room B302

Bringing our experts together to collaborate on research goals, all Consortium faculty encouraged to attend. Please RSVP by filling out this Survey prior to attending.  

Consortium Kick-off Meeting

Feburary 2, 2018
Stanford Cancer Center

The introductory Brain Metastasis Consortium meeting will bring together Stanford experts to kick-off the Consortium and plan for upcoming activities. 

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