Kelsey Bertrand, MSc, MD

Funded by the Dick Vitale Pediatric Cancer Research Fund

Brain tumors are the leading cause of cancer-related death in children. While recent advances in neuro-oncology have helped us understand the biology of what is causing brain tumors to develop and grow, many children with brain tumors will still have a dismal prognosis.  These tumors can be refractory to upfront treatment, such as radiation or chemotherapy, and there is need for better options. CAR T-cell therapy is a new type of treatment that uses the patient’s own immune cells and modifies them in the lab to recognize and kill cancer cells. CAR T-cell therapies are highly specific to the cancer cells. In our clinical study, we are evaluating the safety and anti-cancer activity of CAR T cells for pediatric patients with brain tumors.

Location: St. Jude Children's Research Hospital - Memphis
Proposal: Evaluating cellular immunotherapy as an effective treatment for high-risk pediatric brain tumors
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