Seattle Brain Cancer Walk - WalkTalk - March 2016

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The Ivy Center is working hard on its mission to improve the survival rate and quality of life for people diagnosed with brain tumors. It continues to innovate through research projects and clinical trials that could lead to a cure. Here is the latest news from the Ivy Center. Ivy Glioblastoma Atlas Project (Ivy GAP) Project The Ivy GAP project provides researchers with valuable tools to find cures for aggressive brain cancers. Last year, the project provided universal access to the brain tumor atlas that could lead to advances in our understanding of the biology of glioblastoma, and may result in novel approaches to improve treatment and survival. The research was originally spearheaded by Dr. Greg Foltz in 2006 and was funded by a grant from The Ben and Catherine Ivy Foundation. The research was conducted in collaboration with the Allen Institute for Brain Science and Swedish Neuroscience Institute. A scientific paper on the research is working its way through approvals at a major research journal for publication. High Throughput Screening Trial This clinical trial is currently underway at the Ivy Center, in collaboration with the Institute for Systems Biology, and is targeted for the treatment of glioblastoma. It is based on investigational high throughput screening of FDA-approved compounds targeting a patient's tumor stem cells. A personalized treatment regimen for each patient is recommended. There are currently five of 10 patients enrolled. First Annual Innovative Approaches to Brain Tumor Management Education Course On March 18, researchers took part in a community education event at the Seattle Science Foundation. Leading experts in the field came together to discuss the future of brain tumor management including the progress in personalized medicine and implications for immuno-therapy in specializing treatment. In the evening, a community event was held at the Seattle Science Foundation. Attendees heard a panel discussion on the latest advances and approaches for treatment. Get Involved Join Dr. Cobbs and his team, the Ivy Brain Tumor Center and Research, at the Seattle Brain Cancer Walk on May 1! Proceeds from the Walk support research efforts underway at the Ivy Center. Support funds the salaries of investigators, reagents and supplies to do this important research. For more information, and to register, go to braincancerwalk.org. Registration closes on Wednesday, April 27 at 5 p.m. PST. Latest News and Events from the Ivy Center

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