Advancing Treatment for Brain Tumors

A special issue of Bioengineering (ISSN 2306-5354). This special issue belongs to the section "Biomedical Engineering and Biomaterials".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 October 2024 | Viewed by 67

Special Issue Editors

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UConn Health, Department of Pediatrics, 263 Farmington Avenue, Farmington, CT 06030, USA
Interests: 3D model; brain tumor; regenerative medicine

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Guest Editor
1. The Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders, Connecticut Children's Medical Center, Hartford, CT, USA
2. Department of Pediatrics, University of Connecticut Medical School, Farmington, CT, USA
3. The Jackson Laboratory for Genomic Medicine, Farmington, CT, USA
Interests: germ cell tumors; germ cell biology/development; stem cells

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Brain tumors are among the leading causes of cancer death, and represent the second most common childhood cancer worldwide. Current treatment methods include surgery, radiation therapy, chemotherapy, targeted therapy, immune therapy, etc. However, few drugs or treatments have proven to be effective in brain tumor treatment due to the presence of blood–brain barriers and the distinctive tumor microenvironment. The development of therapy can be expediated by overcoming the unique challenges of brain tumors with representative pre-clinical tumor models and novel bioengineering approaches. 

Recent advancements in genomic sequencing have expanded and redefined the landscape of many tumor types. They provide a much deeper understanding of the heterogeneity of brain tumors, impacting both tumor diagnostic and treatment options. Personalized analysis and treatment, as reported with various patient-derived tumor models, have provided promising results in improving treatment efficacy. New bioengineering approaches in developing tumor models, as well as in perturbing the tumor microenvironment, provide new tools and intervention options. 

This Special Issue will cover studies that focus on personalized medicine approaches for brain tumor treatment, with a special interest in the integration of genomics and bioengineering.

Translational research focusing on brain tumors is welcomed:

- Brain tumor models representing molecular subtypes;

- Cell engineering approaches to represent or modify brain tumor molecular types;

- Comparative studies between brain tumor models (in vitro, ex vivo and xenograft) and patient data;

- Evaluation of different brain tumor model formats and their applications;

- Drug testing/screening studies based on patient-derived brain tumor models for personalized treatment;

- Drug/gene delivery to brain tumors in vitro or in vivo;

- Cell therapy approaches utilizing brain tumor models;

- Interrogation of the brain tumor microenvironment.

We hope to provide an interactive forum for brain tumor therapy development and diagnosis improvement by connecting the bioengineering and the neuro-oncology communities. This includes the following topics:

  • New materials and techniques for modulating the brain tumor microenvironment;
  • New bioengineering techniques for disrupting brain tumor and the tumor microenvironment;
  • New genomic methods to guide brain tumor model development and applications;
  • Translational studies that streamline and expediate the bench-to-bedside translation from model to drug discovery or treatment intervention.

Dr. Min D. Tang-Schomer
Dr. Joanna J. Gell
Guest Editors

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  • brain tumor model
  • tumor microenvironment
  • brain microenvironment
  • personalized medicine
  • xenograft model
  • molecular profiling
  • glioblastoma
  • ependymoma
  • medulloblastoma
  • astrocytoma
  • pediatric brain tumor

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