New Study Hopes to Improve Management of Brain Tumors in Young Children

Neurofibromatosis type 1 (NF1) is one of the most common cancer predisposition syndromes, where children are prone to develop low-grade brain tumors. In order to better define the MRI features and natural history of non-optic pathway tumors (non-OPTs) in children with NF1,  Dr. Jasia Mahdi conducted a retrospective cross-sectional analysis of 64 children with NF1 […]

NF Center Trainee Awarded Esteemed Grant

Elizabeth Cordell, a first year medical student at Washington University, was awarded the Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation Pediatric Oncology Student Training (POST) Grant. The grant provides a summer stipend for promising young researchers interested in pediatric oncology. Elizabeth will study the neuroimmunology of brain tumors under the mentorship of Dr. David Gutmann, director of the […]

FDA Approves First Therapy for Children with NF1

On April 10, 2020, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved the drug selumentinib (Koselugo) for people with Neurofibromatosis Type 1 (NF1) who are 2 years of age and older. The first of its kind drug will be used to treat symptomatic, inoperable plexiform neurofibromas. These tumors are often detected in young children, and […]

Give STL Day for NF is May 7th

Donate On Thursday, May 7, 2020, the St. Louis Community Foundation will host its annual Give STL Day, a 24-hour online giving event designed to grow philanthropy in the St. Louis metropolitan area. The goal is to inspire the community to come together for 24 hours to contribute as many charitable dollars as possible to […]

Gutmann Lab Welcomes New Bioinformatics Specialist

Olivia Cobb, having recently graduated with her Master’s Degree in Biostatistics from Washington University in Saint Louis, is joining the NF Center as a full time bioinformatics specialist. Olivia received her Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Arts from Thomas Aquinas College in California prior to pursuing a Master’s Degree in Biostatistics. Olivia will be using […]

NF Center Trainee Receives Two Research Awards

Each year, the American Neurological Association (ANA) selects the top-ranked abstracts submitted by fellows, residents, and early-career faculty to receive a travel award to attend the Annual Meeting and present their work. Michelle Wegscheid, a combined MD and PhD student in the laboratory of Dr. David Gutmann, was selected for a travel award to present […]