UC SAN DIEGO Moores Cancer Center Neuro-Oncology Program And Translational Neuro-Oncology Laboratories

Director: Santosh Kesari, M.D., Ph.D.

Funding: $500,000 for 2011-2012.

No. of staff: 16.

Sources of funding: National Institutes of Health, James S. McDonnell Foundation, National Brain Tumor Foundation; Novartis AG, Merck & Co., Geron, e-Therapeutics PLC, Tocagen Inc. and other biopharmaceutical companies; and philanthropy.

Location: La Jolla.

Year founded: 2010.

Program description: Developing new drugs and approaches for primary and metastatic brain cancers.

Key factors for success: Kesari lists funding for innovative research and for additional medical staff, support from UC San Diego resources, such as the San Diego Supercomputer Center and “game-changing” discoveries that improve the lives of patients with brain cancer.

UC San Diego physician-scientist Santosh Kesari takes an innovative approach to treating brain cancer by focusing on the DNA fingerprint of the patient’s tumor as well as its location and size...

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