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Simons Foundation grant boosts brain tumor research
Date:2/1/2008

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Helping to guide the development of the BTC have been three physicians who bring a breadth of expertise to the project: Lisa M. DeAngelis, Chair of the Department of Neurology, Philip H. Gutin, Chair of the Department of Neurosurgery, and Eric C. Holland, a neurosurgeon and member of the Sloan-Kettering Institutes Cancer Biology and Genetics Program who is the BTCs founding director.

My colleagues and I are overwhelmed by the confidence that the Simons Foundation has shown in the work of the Brain Tumor Center and in the collaborative spirit that is at its heart, said Dr. Holland. This gift provides solid footings for the program and will dramatically accelerate the development of its preclinical and clinical components, which together are key to identifying new therapeutic approaches.

The Simons Foundations support for the Brain Tumor Center extends its commitment to promoting innovation in mathematics, physics, and other sciences a commitment exemplified by its Autism Research Initiative, which supports wide-ranging neuroscience research with the goal of improving the diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of autism and related conditions. Indeed, work conducted through the BTC into the biology of gliomas which arise from supporting tissue known as glia has the potential to shed new light on the role of glial cells in autism and a variety of neurodegenerative and neurodevelopmental disorders.


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Contact: Christine Hickey
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