Erwin Van Meir and Laboratory for Molecular Neuro-Oncology Honored

    LMN Team
    5K Participants from the Lab include: Hanwen Zhang, Satoru Osuka, Erwin Van Meir, Debanjan Bhattacharya, Kari Tyler and Dan Zhu.

    Erwin Van Meir, PhD, professor in the Department of Neurosurgery, was recently award the Phil Jory Research Award from the Southeastern Brain Tumor Foundation (SBTF) for his continued devotion to high quality research. Dr. Van Meir, who is also the director of the Laboratory of Molecular Neuro-Oncology, received the award during the foundation’s recent 5K event.  Van Meir and members of the lab helped lead a team from Winship Cancer Institute who raised over $4,000 leading up to the race.    

    The Laboratory of Molecular Neuro-Oncology was also the recipient of a grant from the SBTF entitled “Investigating the Role of N-cadherin in the Therapeutic Resistance of Glioblastoma.” The grant will fund a project by Satoru Osuka, PhD, to understand how glioblastoma that recur after treatment have changed at the molecular level, making them resistant to further chemo- and radio-therapies. The hope is to identify the mechanisms that drive resistance and being able to target them. Dr. Osuka’s work suggests acquired cell-cell adhesion plays an important role in resistance and involves a cell adhesion molecule called N-cadherin.