"We had a very strong program before this collaboration," Dr. Foltz added. "But, ISB's inclusion in this effort puts some of the best scientific minds in the world to work on behalf of our patients."
For his part, Dr. Foltz has recently developed a way to analyze brain tumor patients' blood and look for certain 'markers' that can help determine the best course of chemotherapy for their particular type of tumor. While there is still a long way to go, the early results look promising not only for brain tumors, but for other types of diseases as well. Additionally, the knowledge gained from the brain tissue bank may shed light on the causes and possible cures for other neurological disorders such as Alzheimer's and strokes now affecting aging baby boomers in ever greater numbers.
The partnership's joint fund-raising efforts will be spearheaded by Randy Mann, senior director of Campaign for the Swedish Foundation, and Laurence Herron, vice president of development for ISB.
About Swedish Medical Center
Swedish Medical Center is the largest, most comprehensive, nonprofit
health-care provider in the Greater Seattle area. It is comprised of three
hospital campuses (First Hill, Cherry Hill and Ballard), a freestanding
emergency room and specialty center in Issaquah, Swedish Home Care Services
and Swedish Physicians - a network of 12 primary-care clinics. In addition
to general medical and surgical care, Swedish is known as a regional
referral center, providing specialized treatment in areas such as
neurological care, cardiovascular care, oncology, orthopedics, high-risk
obstetrics, pediatrics, organ transplantation and c
|SOURCE Swedish Neuroscience Institute|
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