University of Minnesota Brain Tumor Program


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A Leading Translational Neuro-Oncology Program

The mission of the University of Minnesota Brain Tumor Program (UMBTP) is to continually distinguish itself as a national leader in the field of neuro-oncology by combining the principles of outstanding clinical care and education with cutting edge research. 

The Bench-to-Bedside Approach

As a translational neuro-oncology program, the UMBTP accelerates the flow of information from basic science to the discovery of safer and more effective therapies for central nervous system (CNS) tumors.

This "bench-to-bedside" approach is made possible by the collaboration of strong, multidisciplinary teams who work towards a common goal - curing nervous system tumors using safer and more effective therapies.

A Multidisciplinary Team

The UMBTP consists of many dedicated researchers and clinicians of numerous disciplines and specialties.  These disciplines and specialties include - but are not limited to - cancer genetics, neuro-oncology, neurosurgery, pharmacy, biomedical engineering, and veterinary medicine.

Neuro-Oncology Symposium

Neuro-Oncology Symposium

The University of Minnesota Brain Tumor Program will host the 3rd Minnesota Neuro-Oncology Symposium on May 9-10, 2016.

The Symposium will include two comprehensive programs designed to accommodate the interests of all those dedicated to finding a cure for brain tumors - including researchers, clinicians, students, trainees, patients, caregivers, and community members.

Data & Journal Club

UMBTP Data & Journal Club

2nd Thursdsays of the month
9-10 a.m.
CCRB Room 3-150

The UMBTP hosts a monthly Data & Journal Club - giving investigators and students the opportunity to share data, experimental designs, and relevant publications that spur innovative ideas and collaborations.

Learn more about upcoming UMBTP Data & Journal Club meetings:

Canine Brain Tumor Research

The Canine Brain Tumor Clinical Trial Program offers cutting edge therapy for dogs to preserve quality of life and improve long-term survival rates.  The information gathered from treating dogs is used to design similar treatments for people with brain tumors.

Canine Brain Tumor research

As the Director of the Canine Brain Tumor Program, Dr. Elizabeth Pluhar coordinates collaborations between the medical researchers and veterinarians to diagnose and treat brain tumors in dogs with breakthrough therapies.  She leads the Canine Brain Tumor Trials Program and enrolls pet dogs with spontaneous brain tumors into trials to assess novel therapies.  Eventually, those therapies that are effective in dogs will be translated to help people with brain tumors.