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R.I. Hospital researchers granted $3.9M to study aggressive brain cancer

“PROVIDENCE – Researchers at Rhode Island Hospital have received a $3.9 million grant from the Warren Alpert Foundation to study a highly aggressive and intractable form of cancer of the brain, the hospital announced Thursday.

The type of cancer, glioblastoma, is notorious for invading brain tissue, evading treatment and leads to high rates of recurrence, the hospital noted. The median survival time following diagnosis of the cancer is just two years.

The group of physician-scientist researchers will explore the role of epigenetics in the progression of the disease. Epigenetics is the study of how genes are modified without changing the underlying DNA…”

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Steven A. Toms, MD

Professor of Neurosurgery and Radiation Oncology
Vice-Chair, Department of Neurosurgery
Director, Brain Tumor and Stereotactic Radiosurgery Program

Nikos Tapinos, MD, PhD

Associate Professor of Neurosurgery
Director, Molecular Neuroscience and Neuro-Oncology Laboratory