08 Jun Advanced Neurosurgery Associates Hosts Collaborative Discussion on Pediatric Brain Tumors
An informative and engaging dinner discussion was hosted by Advanced Neurosurgery Associates (ANA), as part of a series of such events that bring together medical colleagues for education and networking. The topic, Medulloblastoma: Exploring a Model for Biology-Based Therapy, was presented on May 10, 2016 at Maggiano’s Little Italy in Hackensack.
Present for the evening were over 40 guests, mostly pediatricians, but also a few pediatric neurosurgery residents from St. Barnabas Medical Center.
Dr. Arno Fried opened the discussion by explaining how ANA diagnoses and treats pediatric medulloblastoma, the most common type of brain cancer in children. He then introduced his colleague, Dr. Derek Hanson, of the pediatric neuro-oncology program at the Joseph M. Sanzari Children’s Hospital at Hackensack University Medical Center.
Dr. Hanson, who spoke using an illustrated slide presentation, engaged the crowd with his scientific explanation on the topic. He reviewed gene expression of the tumor and the targeted personalized therapies that are currently being developed. Among the highlights of his talk was his explanation of sonic hedgehog. This is one of three hedgehog proteins responsible for the development of the front part of the brain. Dr. Hanson discussed targeting mutations in the sonic hedgehog pathway in order to develop more effective treatments for medulloblastoma before opening up the room to a Q&A.
This dinner discussion is part of ANA’s continued commitment to connect to those in the medical community with whom they can work to educate, and to foster progress, in the recognition and treatment of neurosurgical conditions.