2020 Neil Peart Research Award Recipient Announced!

The Glioblastoma Foundation is pleased to announce that Dr. Zachary Gersey is the recipient of the 2020 Neil Peart Neurosurgery Research Award!

Please join us in congratulating Dr. Gersey and his team!

Dr. Gersey's research focuses on developing molecular tumor organoids, or tumor ecosystems, to study glioblastoma stem cells thought to be responsible for glioblastoma recurrence after surgery. Organoids allow clinicians to leverage personalized medicine to discover each tumor's important molecular characteristics and pathways of growth.

Dr. Zachary C. Gersey; University of Pittsburgh Medical Center

Dr. Gersey's research will focus on determining pathways of intial tumor growth and transformation. Once these pathways are highlighted they can then be targeted with drug therapy. His research will decipher differences in normal brain tissue versus transformed glioblastoma stem cells.

The technique of developing brain organoids will allow researchers to study molecular differences in glioblastoma cells and the drivers of growth. The Glioblastoma Foundation is proud to support this work! Good luck to Dr. Gersey on the cutting-edge work he is doing to prevent glioblastoma recurrance after surgery!



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