I. Brain Tumors
II. Stem Cells and Brain Tumors
Part II: Stem Cells and Brain Tumors
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In part 1, Quiñones-Hinojosa discusses the history of brain tumors, different types of tumors (non-cancerous vs cancerous) and what this means for treatment and prognosis. He then focuses on a specific type of tumor, glioblastoma multiforme, and outlines what oncologists and surgeons have learned about this cancer over the past 30 years and how this information has influenced treatment. He closes with a brief overview of what is known about brain tumor stem cells.
In the second part of his talk, Dr. Q presents results from his lab and others that are beginning to provide insight into understanding brain tumor stem cells and the key role they play in both causing and possibly curing brain cancer.
Dr. Quiñones-Hinojosa, affectionately known as Dr. Q, is an Associate Professor of Neurosurgery and Oncology, Neuroscience and Cellular and Molecular Medicine at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. He is also director of the Brain Tumor Surgery Program and the Brain Tumor Stem Cell Laboratory where he investigates the role of brain stem cells in causing, and potentially curing, cancer.
Dr. Q received his undergraduate degree from UC Berkeley and his M.D. from Harvard, and he completed his post-doctoral training at UC San Francisco. Despite this prestigious educational pedigree, things were not always easy for Quiñones-Hinojosa. His family was poor and, as a teenager, he left his home in Mexico and became an migrant farm worker in California. Self-determination and support from family, friends and mentors helped him attain his current position.
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