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BTP Quarterly Update

March 2021

The mission of the University of Minnesota Brain Tumor Program (UMBTP) is to continually distinguish itself as a national leader in the field of neuro-oncology by combining the principles of outstanding clinical care and education with cutting edge research.

The group consists of many dedicated researchers and clinicians of numerous disciplines and specialties. These disciplines and specialties include - but are not limited to - cancer genetics, neuro-oncology, neurosurgery, pharmacy, biomedical engineering, and veterinary medicine. 

Here's what we've been up to for the last few months:
The Fifth Minnesota Neuro-Oncology Symposium logo image
Registration is now open for our virtual Symposium May 17-18, 2021. We are also accepting abstract submissions, due April 2.
Dr. Mike Olin sitting at a desk in his lab
Michael Olin, Christopher Moertel, and Elizabeth Neil were all featured in the article "UMN Researchers Start Human Trial of New Cancer Treatment" in Minnesota Daily, January 27, 2021.
Dr. Elizabeth Neil headshot at her clinic
Elizabeth Neil and Michael Olin were featured in the article "UMN Begins First-In-Human Clinical Trial for 'Innovative' Glioblastoma Treatment" for CBS Minnesota, January 7, 2021.
Dr. Liz Pluhar headshot in her clinic
Liz Pluhar, Michael Olin, Christopher Moertel, and Elizabeth Neil were featured in the article "Guide Dogs: After Finding Remarkable Suceess in Canine Companions, U Team Opens a New Clinical Research Study for Human Patients Facing Deadly Brain Tumors" in Discovery, Spring 2021 issue.
Dr. Sara Osum's headshot, screenshot from linked video
Sara Osum received the 2020 Boehriner Ingelheim Veterinary Graduate Award for her work modeling NF1 in minipigs. BI featured a short video about her work, which also includes David Largaespada and Christopher Moertel.
Edward Greeno was featured in the article "New Cancer Clinic Opens at M Health Fairview's Clinics and Surgery Center" on the University of Minnesota website February 3, 2021 and in Voice of Alexandria February 4, 2021.


Susan Arnold gave a presentation at the Masonic Cancer Center Seminar Series titled "The Canine Connection: An Update on the Parallels between Canine and Human Gliomas for Mutual Novel Treatment Exploration," February 23, 2021.



Okay Saydam has received a New Team Science Grant in Children's Health Research for the project "Exploring Novel Therapeutics for Pediatric and Adult Glioblastomas."

Daniel Harki has received a Minnesota Partnership for Biotechnology and Medical Genomics 2021 Research Award for the project "Tools to Assess DNMT-DNA Covalent Complex Formation" with Scott Kaufmann of Mayo Clinic.

Nicholas Jarjour, in the Jameson Lab, has received a Damon Runyon Cancer Research Foundation Award for the project "Antigen-Independent Proliferation of Tissue-Resident Memory T Cells and Therapeutic Applications."


Study of CD200 Activation Receptor Ligand (CD200AR-L) and Allogeneic Tumor Lysate Vaccine lmmunotherapy for Recurrent Glioblastoma


Cloughesy TF, Petrecca K, Walbert T, Butowski N, Salacz M, Perry J, Damek D, Bota D, Bettegowda C, Zhu JJ, Iwamoto F, Placantonakis D, Kim L, Elder B, Kaptain G, Cachia D, Moshel Y, Brem S, Piccioni D, Landolfi J, Chen CC, Gruber H, Rao AR, Hogan D, Accomando W, Ostertag D, Montellano TT, Kheoh T, Kabbinavar F, Vogelbaum MA. "Effect of Vocimagene Amiretrorepvec in Combination With Flucytosine vs Standard of Care on Survival Following Tumor Resection in Patients With Recurrent High-Grade Glioma: A Randomized Clinical Trial." JAMA Oncol. 2020 Dec 1;6(12):1939-1946. doi: 10.1001/jamaoncol.2020.3161. PMID: 33119048; PMCID: PMC7596685.

Spector LG, Kochilas L. "Major birth defects and cancer." BMJ. 2020 Dec 2;371:m4464. doi: 10.1136/bmj.m4464. PMID: 33268333.

Law EK, Levin-Klein R, Jarvis MC, Kim H, Argyris PP, Carpenter MA, Starrett GJ, Temiz NA, Larson LK, Durfee C, Burns MB, Vogel RI, Stavrou S, Aguilera AN, Wagner S, Largaespada DA, Starr TK, Ross SR, Harris RS. "APOBEC3A catalyzes mutation and drives carcinogenesis in vivo." J Exp Med. 2020 Dec 7;217(12):e20200261. doi: 10.1084/jem.20200261. PMID: 32870257.

Jackson PA, Schares HAM, Jones KFM, Widen JC, Dempe DP, Grillet F, Cuellar ME, Walters MA, Harki DA, Brummond KM. "Synthesis of Guaianolide Analogues with a Tunable α-Methylene-γ-lactam Electrophile and Correlating Bioactivity with Thiol Reactivity." J Med Chem. 2020 Dec 10;63(23):14951-14978. doi: 10.1021/acs.jmedchem.0c01464. Epub 2020 Nov 17. PMID: 33201697.

Li M, Li G, Kiyokawa J, Tirmizi Z, Richardson LG, Ning J, Das S, Martuza RL, Stemmer-Rachamimov A, Rabkin SD, Wakimoto H. "Characterization and oncolytic virus targeting of FAP-expressing tumor-associated pericytes in glioblastoma." Acta Neuropathol Commun. 2020 Dec 11;8(1):221. doi: 10.1186/s40478-020-01096-0. PMID: 33308315; PMCID: PMC7730751.

Griffith JI, Rathi S, Zhang W, Zhang W, Drewes LR, Sarkaria JN, Elmquist WF. "Addressing BBB Heterogeneity: A New Paradigm for Drug Delivery to Brain Tumors." Pharmaceutics. 2020 Dec 11;12(12):1205. doi: 10.3390/pharmaceutics12121205. PMID: 33322488; PMCID: PMC7763839.

Van Bruggen C, Punihaole D, Keith AR, Schmitz AJ, Tolar J, Frontiera RR, Reineke TM. "Quinine copolymer reporters promote efficient intracellular DNA delivery and illuminate a protein-induced unpackaging mechanism." Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 2020 Dec 29;117(52):32919-32928. doi: 10.1073/pnas.2016860117. Epub 2020 Dec 14. PMID: 33318196; PMCID: PMC7777095.

Mansouri S, Suppiah S, Mamatjan Y, Paganini I, Liu JC, Karimi S, Patil V, Nassiri F, Singh O,
Sundaravadanam Y, Rath P, Sestini R, Gensini F, Agnihotri S, Blakeley J, Ostrow K, Largaespada D, Plotkin SR, Stemmer-Rachamimov A, Ferrer MM, Pugh TJ, Aldape KD, Papi L, Zadeh G. "Epigenomic, genomic, and transcriptomic landscape of schwannomatosis." Acta Neuropathol. 2021 Jan;141(1):101-116. doi: 10.1007/s00401-020-02230-x. Epub 2020 Oct 6. Erratum in: Acta Neuropathol. 2020 Oct 28;: PMID: 33025139; PMCID: PMC7785562.

Cao J, Yee D. "Disrupting Insulin and IGF Receptor Function in Cancer." Int J Mol Sci. 2021 Jan 8;22(2):555. doi: 10.3390/ijms22020555. PMID: 33429867; PMCID: PMC7827299.

Benitez JA, Finlay D, Castanza A, Parisian AD, Ma J, Longobardi C, Campos A, Vadla R, Izurieta A, Scerra G, Koga T, Long T, Chavez L, Mesirov JP, Vuori K, Furnari F. "Pten Deficiency Leads To Proteasome Addiction, A Novel Vulnerability In Glioblastoma." Neuro Oncol. 2021 Jan 11:noab001. doi: 10.1093/neuonc/noab001. Epub ahead of print. PMID: 33428749.

CreveCoeur TS, Yahanda AT, Maher CO, Johnson GW, Ackerman LL, Adelson PD, Ahmed R, Albert GW, Aldana PR, Alden TD, Anderson RCE, Baird L, Bauer DF, Bierbrauer KS, Brockmeyer DL, Chern JJ, Couture DE, Daniels DJ, Dauser RC, Durham SR, Ellenbogen RG, Eskandari R, Fuchs HE, George TM, Grant GA, Graupman PC, Greene S, Greenfield JP, Gross NL, Guillaume DJ, Haller G, Hankinson TC, Heuer GG, Iantosca M, Iskandar BJ, Jackson EM, Jea AH, Johnston JM, Keating RF, Kelly MP, Khan N, Krieger MD, Leonard JR, Mangano FT, Mapstone TB, McComb JG, Menezes AH, Muhlbauer M, Oakes WJ, Olavarria G, O'Neill BR, Park TS, Ragheb J, Selden NR, Shah MN, Shannon C, Shimony JS, Smith J, Smyth MD, Stone SSD, Strahle JM, Tamber MS, Torner JC, Tuite GF, Wait SD, Wellons JC, Whitehead WE, Limbrick DD. "Occipital-Cervical Fusion and Ventral Decompression in the Surgical Management of Chiari-1 Malformation and Syringomyelia: Analysis of Data From the Park-Reeves Syringomyelia Research Consortium." Neurosurgery. 2021 Jan 13;88(2):332-341. doi: 10.1093/neuros/nyaa460. PMID: 33313928; PMCID: PMC7803430.

Ferreira C, Sterling D, Reynolds M, Dusenbery K, Chen C, Alaei P. "First clinical implementation of GammaTile permanent brain implants after FDA clearance." Brachytherapy. 2021 Jan 21:S1538-4721(20)30295-6. doi: 10.1016/j.brachy.2020.12.005. Epub ahead of print. PMID: 33487560.

He X, Auerbach EJ, Garwood M, Kobayashi N, Wu X, Metzger GJ. "Parallel transmit optimized 3D composite adiabatic spectral-spatial pulse for spectroscopy." Magn Reson Med. 2021 Jan 26. doi: 10.1002/mrm.28682. Epub ahead of print. PMID: 33497006.

Emmetiere F, Ratnayake R, Schares HAM, Jones KFM, Bevan-Smith E, Luesch H, Harki DA, Grenning AJ. "Function-Oriented and Modular (+/-)-cis-Pseudoguaianolide Synthesis: Discovery of New Nrf2 Activators and NF-κB Inhibitors." Chemistry. 2021 Jan 27. doi: 10.1002/chem.202100038. Epub ahead of print. PMID: 33502811.

Redjal N, Venteicher AS, Dang D, Sloan A, Kessler RA, Baron RR, Hadjipanayis CG, Chen CC, Ziu M, Olson JJ, Nahed BV. "Guidelines in the management of CNS tumors." J Neurooncol. 2021 Feb;151(3):345-359. doi: 10.1007/s11060-020-03530-8. Epub 2021 Feb 21. PMID: 33611702.

Harrison DJ, Chi YY, Tian J, Hingorani P, Mascarenhas L, McCowage GB, Weigel BJ, Venkatramani R, Wolden SL, Yock TI, Rodeberg DA, Hayes-Jordan AA, Teot LA, Spunt SL, Meyer WH, Hawkins DS, Shulkin BL, Parisi MT. "Metabolic response as assessed by 18 F-fluorodeoxyglucose positron emission tomography-computed tomography does not predict outcome in patients with intermediate- or high-risk rhabdomyosarcoma: A report from the Children's Oncology Group Soft Tissue Sarcoma Committee." Cancer Med. 2021 Feb;10(3):857-866. doi: 10.1002/cam4.3667. Epub 2020 Dec 19. PMID: 33340280; PMCID: PMC7897958.

Mascarenhas L, Ogawa C, Laetsch TW, Weigel BJ, Bishop MW, Krystal J, Borinstein SC, Slotkin EK, Muscal JA, Hingorani P, Levy DE, Mo G, Shahir A, Wright J, DuBois SG. "Phase 1 trial of olaratumab monotherapy and in combination with chemotherapy in pediatric patients with relapsed/refractory solid and central nervous system tumors." Cancer Med. 2021 Feb;10(3):843-856. doi: 10.1002/cam4.3658. Epub 2021 Jan 20. PMID: 33474828; PMCID: PMC7897905.

Hemmat M, Odde DJ. "Atomistic Basis of Microtubule Dynamic Instability Assessed Via Multiscale Modeling." Ann Biomed Eng. 2021 Feb 3. doi: 10.1007/s10439-020-02715-6. Epub ahead of print. PMID: 33537926.

Foster JH, Voss SD, Hall DC, Minard CG, Balis FM, Wilner K, Berg SL, Fox E, Adamson PC, Blaney S, Weigel BJ, Mossé YP. "Activity of Crizotinib in Patients with ALK-aberrant Relapsed/Refractory Neuroblastoma: A Children's Oncology Group Study (ADVL0912)." Clin Cancer Res. 2021 Feb 10:clincanres.4224.2020. doi: 10.1158/1078-0432.CCR-20-4224. Epub ahead of print. PMID: 33568345.

Steevens AR, Griesbach MW, You Y, Dutton JR, Low WC, Santi PA. "Generation of inner ear sensory neurons using blastocyst complementation in a Neurog1+/--deficient mouse." Stem Cell Res Ther. 2021 Feb 12;12(1):122. doi: 10.1186/s13287-021-02184-1. PMID: 33579352; PMCID: PMC7881691.

Cramer SW, Carter RE, Aronson JD, Kodandaramaiah SB, Ebner TJ, Chen CC. "Through the looking glass: A review of cranial window technology for optical access to the brain." J Neurosci Methods. 2021 Feb 15;354:109100. doi: 10.1016/j.jneumeth.2021.109100. Epub ahead of print. PMID: 33600850.

Khan AA, Haines SJ. "Claims of Safety in Neurosurgical Literature: We Shouldn't Call Something Safe Without Strong Justification." Neurosurgery. 2021 Feb 16;88(3):468-476. doi: 10.1093/neuros/nyaa497. PMID: 33440008.

Strom A, Shah R, Wagner CR. "'Switching On' Enzyme Substrate Specificity Analysis with a Fluorescent Competitive Inhibitor." Biochemistry. 2021 Feb 16;60(6):440-450. doi: 10.1021/acs.biochem.0c00954. Epub 2021 Jan 29. PMID: 33513008.

Yu X, Jin J, Zheng Y, Zhu H, Xu H, Ma J, Lan Q, Zhuang Z, Chen CC, Li M. "GBP5 drives malignancy of glioblastoma via the Src/ERK1/2/MMP3 pathway." Cell Death Dis. 2021 Feb 19;12(2):203. doi: 10.1038/s41419-021-03492-3. PMID: 33608513; PMCID: PMC7896088.

Davis Z, Felices M, Lenvik T, Badal S, Walker JT, Hinderlie P, Riley JL, Vallera DA, Blazar BR, Miller JS. "Low-density PD-1 expression on resting human natural killer cells is functional and upregulated after transplantation." Blood Adv. 2021 Feb 23;5(4):1069-1080. doi: 10.1182/bloodadvances.2019001110. PMID: 33599743; PMCID: PMC7903227.

Sarver AL, Xie C, Riddle MJ, Forster CL, Wang X, Lu H, Wagner W, Tolar J, Hallstrom TC. "Retinoblastoma tumor cell proliferation is negatively associated with an immune gene expression signature and increased immune cells." Lab Invest. 2021 Mar 3. doi: 10.1038/s41374-021-00573-x. Epub ahead of print. PMID: 33658609.

Shi K, Moeller NH, Banerjee S, McCann JL, Carpenter MA, Yin L, Moorthy R, Orellana K, Harki DA, Harris RS, Aihara H. "Structural basis for recognition of distinct deaminated DNA lesions by endonuclease Q." Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 2021 Mar 9;118(10):e2021120118. doi: 10.1073/pnas.2021120118. PMID: 33658373.

Bukowinski A, Chang B, Reid JM, Liu X, Minard CG, Trepel JB, Lee MJ, Fox E, Weigel BJ. "A phase 1 study of entinostat in children and adolescents with recurrent or refractory solid tumors, including CNS tumors: Trial ADVL1513, Pediatric Early Phase-Clinical Trial Network (PEP-CTN)." Pediatr Blood Cancer. 2021 Apr;68(4):e28892. doi: 10.1002/pbc.28892. Epub 2021 Jan 12. PMID: 33438318.

Join us at the inaugural Cancer Center Survivorship Research Forum as we explore the needs and care of cancer survivors, hear from expert clinicians and researchers, and network and collaborate in a hybrid format. Learn more at

Past Events

  • Nov. 12 - BTP Seminar Series, Pavlina Sverak
  • Dec. 10 - BTP Seminar Series, Julie Bennett
  • Feb 11 - BTP Seminar Series, Lindsay Williams
  • Mar 11 - BTP Seminar Series, Andrew Venteicher

Upcoming Events

  • April 8 - BTP Seminar Series, Michael Graner, University of Colorado
  • April 15-16 - Cancer Center Survivorship Research Forum
  • May 13 - BTP Seminar Series, Michael Scheurer, Baylor College of Medicine
  • May 17-18 - BTP Neuro-Oncology Symposium
  • June 10 - BTP Seminar Series, Lynne Bemis
  • July 8 - BTP Seminar Series, Lindsey Sloan

Highlights & Awards

Michael Olin was awarded the Julie Ross Basic Science Paper of the Year.

Emil Lou was accepted to attend the Modeling Emergent Cellular Behavior in Cancer 2021 Virtual Innovation Lab. He is one of only 30 participants accepted nationwide to this competitive 5-day workshop, hosted by the NIH.

Hai Dang Nguyen received a Scholar Award from the American Society of Hematology (ASH).
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