Michelle Monje, MD, PhD, is a researcher studying a rare type of pediatric brain tumor, Diffuse Intrinsic Pontine Glioma (DIPG). This type of cancer often spreads quickly and the patient dies only months after diagnosis. The reasons for the quick metastasis have been unknown. However, parents who lost their child gave a generous donation of their daughter’s entire tumor system, not simply the section requested. After study of the tumor’s cells, Dr. Monje learned that signals that prompt neural growth also encourage growth of the tumor. http://stan.md/2uNexat

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