IUPUI Signature Center for Brain and Neurological Tumors
The IUPUI Signature Center for Brain and Neurological Tumors, initiated by the IU Simon Cancer Center Brain Tumor Working Group (BTWG), is a distinctive and vibrant research entity and an important cornerstone for IUPUI as it leads the way in developing world-class research and innovation designed to substantially improve the prognosis and quality of life for patients with glioblastoma multiforme (GBM).
Contributions of the Center:
- Established research members with various expertise and novel scientific projects to work in a highly coordinated, focused and team-based approach
- An infrastructure (with help from the center initiative) to advance in vivo intracranial tumor models and study tumor progression, evaluate new targets, and test new treatments for GBM
- A pipeline, already established by Drs. Aaron Cohen-Gadol and Karen Pollok to obtain, analyze and distribute primary patient glioma specimens from the operating room to the research laboratory
- Productive interactions between basic scientists and physician scientists to ensure we are addressing clinically relevant questions/observations/needs
Many new, multi-investigator collaborations continue to emerge from this venue which in turn fosters co-authored papers and multi-investigator grant submissions (see internal and external submissions).