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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

New Award: Stanford BMC Awarded Stanford Cancer Institute Funding

SCI Innovation Awards celebrate the dedication of some of Stanford’s most innovative thinkers. The Stanford BMC was recently awarded the SCI Nodal Grant Award for its project: “Expanding the Reach of the Stanford Brain Metastases Consortium: Deep Profiling of Brain Metastases through Multiplexed Analysis and Multi-PI Collaborations.”

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Consortium Meetings

Research Speed-Dating Symposium

Coming Soon! We are planning the next Symposium for Winter 2021, stay tuned for more details. 

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.  

Featured Clinical Trial:

Our Patients

Lung Cancer Patient Finds Health Again at Stanford

Eight years after being diagnosed with stage-4 lung cancer, whose treatment led to other health complications - including six brain tumors - Ginger Powell is now cancer-free.