Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine
Robert H. Lurie Comprehensive Cancer Center of Northwestern University
Lou and Jean Malnati Brain Tumor Institute

Research

Day in and day out, our physicians and research scientists seek new treatments for glioblastoma and other gliomas, brain metastases, meningioma, and other brain and spinal tumors. This relentless work has made us one of the world's leading brain tumor research centers. We're proud to be home to one of just six brain tumor research teams currently supported by a Specialized Program of Research Excellence (SPORE) grant from the National Cancer Institute. 

Our Work

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Pursuing New Glioblastoma Treatments

Our researchers are recognized leaders in the worldwide fight against the most aggressive form of primary brain cancer.
Read About Our Progress
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Making Discoveries in the Lab and the Clinic

Members of our team publish more than 100 peer-reviewed papers each year on a variety of topics related to brain and spinal tumors.
See Our Recent Publications
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Offering New Options

We offer more brain tumor clinical trials than any hospital in Chicago, giving patients access to options that are not yet widely available.
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Our Team

Our researchers, or investigators, approach brain and spinal tumors from a variety of perspectives and fields of study.

Meet Our Investigators

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Resources for Physicians and Scientists

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Skull Base Lab

The Skull Base Lab emphasizes a comprehensive, translational approach using real surgical techniques that equip trainees with the skills they need in the operating room.

Learn about the lab
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Nervous System Tumor Bank

The Northwestern University Nervous System Tumor Bank provides researchers with high-quality patient-derived biospecimens and data.
Visit the tumor bank website

Shared Resources

We're proud to be part of the Robert H. Lurie Comprehensive Cancer Center of Northwestern University, which is home to a variety of shared resources and research programs.

Scientists within our institute have leadership positions in the cancer center core facilities and services:

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