About Neurologic Oncology

The Neurologic Oncology Program includes 22 members from 11 academic departments from the UCSF School of Medicine. The overarching goal of the Program is take a team approach to impact the diagnosis and treatment of brain cancer.

The Neurologic Oncology Program conducts research under three themes:

  • Theme 1: Understanding the Underlying Biology of Brain Cancer
  • Theme 2: Predicting Patient Disease, Response, and Survival
  • Theme 3: Improving the Therapy of Brain Tumors

The Program does not limit its work to any specific type or group of brain tumors, but rather seeks to apply knowledge gained to the understanding and improved treatment of all grades and types of brain cancers. The Neurologic Oncology Program strives to work collaboratively with other HDFCCC Program with shared interests and includes several individuals whose interests span multiple programs.

The clinical portion of the Program has been successful developing early-phase investigator initiated therapeutic studies and bringing these to the clinic for testing, with particular emphasis on SPORE-related clinical trials. The broad range of publications covering population science, cell signaling, genomics, imaging, and clinical science, as well as the high percentage of intra- and inter-programmatic publications, are the result of a strategically integrated, highly interactive, diverse, and productive Program that continues to make significant progress in reaching its stated goals.