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Research poject: Together against childhood brain tumors

January 2018

Pediatric brain tumors are the most common cause of death of children in Germany [1]. One of the most malicious tumors is the diffuse intrinsic ponsglioma (DIPG). There is no cure or life-prolonging treatment for it: 90% of the affected children die within the first 18 months after diagnosis - like little Lina (7).

("Linas fight against the brain tumor" - English subtitels available)


In order to help young DIPG patients in the future, Lina's parents, the Care-for-Rare Foundation and the Foundation for Innovative Medicine are taking up the fight against ponsglioma: A new research project at Hauner Children's Hospital in Munich brings hope. A new technology could speed up the therapy for childhood brain tumors significantly. So far, it is difficult to predict which drugs can cross the so-called blood-brain barrier (BBB) ​​and thus penetrate the brain. The new approach starts with a life-like model of the BBB. This is used in the laboratory to test which active substances can pass the barrier. Thus substances can be identified by which brain tumors can be combated more efficiently and more effectively.

Although childhood brain tumors are the most common cause of death, many types like the DIPG are among the rare diseases. These are diseases for which there is hardly any funding from the state or the pharmaceutical industry. Therefore, the Care-for-Rare Foundation has launched a fundraising campaign together with the Foundation for Innovative Medicine. The campaign and the funded research project should finally give the affected children and their families hope for effective therapeutic options.

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