By Dr. Mark Souweidane and Dr. Jeffrey Greenfield
Co-Directors, Children’s Brain Tumor Project

This lab update is more like a chorus of “On the Road Again,” as we have both been traveling so much this spring. As reluctant as we always are to leave our work here, that travel has been invaluable in the sharing of information and the enhancing of our worldwide collaborations.

The DIPG Workshop in Barcelona in February brought together experts from all across the United States and Europe, from cities including Amsterdam, Helsinki, and London—not to mention institutions such as the NIH, Duke, Dana Farber, Northwestern, and Weill Cornell. The workshop is made possible through the efforts of the Alicia Pueyo Fund, a family foundation dedicated to finding treatments for brainstem gliomas and encouraging collaboration among researchers worldwide. We are honored to participate alongside other international leaders who are striving to defeat DIPG, and grateful to the dedicated families who are at the forefront of the effort, always refusing to take no for an answer.

March meant Paris, for the first-ever International Gliomatosis Cerebri Conference, organized and driven by families affected by GC. That groundbreaking meeting created a framework for important collaborations as we go forward. (Click here to read more about both conferences.)

In April, we look forward to the annual meeting of the DIPG Collaborative in Chicago. The 2015 Symposium promises to be filled with new research and development about this tumor, which is one of the prime targets of our research efforts here at the CBTP.