The Stanford Neuro-Oncology Program News and Events


CAN-ACN Canadian Association for Neuroscience

13th Annual Canadian Neuroscience Meeting
May 22-25, 2019, Sheraton Centre Toronto Hotel, Toronto

SNO Pediatric Neuro-Oncology
Basic and Translational Research Conference

May 3 - 4, 2019
Westin St. Francis Hotel, San Francisco, California 

2019 AAN Annual Meeting 

May 4-10, 2019
Pennsylvania Convention Center, Philadelphia, PA


Breadth of student research showcased at annual symposium

Sixty medical students presented a broad array of projects at this year’s medical student research symposium. Med Scholars mentor, Reena Thomas, MD, PhD, clinical assistant professor of neurology and neurological sciences, discusses how supporting students is one of her favorite aspects of the work.

This Is Your Brain on Chemo / Cell, January 10, 2019

‘Chemo brain’ caused by malfunction in three types of brain cells

Three types of cells in the brain’s white matter show interwoven problems during the cognitive dysfunction that follows treatment with the cancer drug methotrexate, Stanford neuroscientists have found.

Society for Neuro-oncology 2018

Reena Thomas, MD, PhD provides the daily highlight of clinical presentions for Sat Nov 17, 2018.

Medical students showcase research accomplishments

Guided by Reena Thomas, MD, PhD, clinical assistant professor of neurology and neurological sciences and of neurosurgery, second-year medical student Judith Pelpola investigated therapies to reduce the recurrence of glioblastoma.

Altered immune cells clear childhood brain tumor in mice

In mice, a fatal brainstem tumor was cleared by injecting it with engineered T cells that recognized the cancer and targeted it for destruction. The Stanford discovery is moving to human trials.


Grants and Awards

2018 NIH Director’s Pioneer Award

Michelle Monje, MD, PhD is a 2018 Awardee of the NIH Director’s Pioneer Award. The Pioneer Award supports individual scientists of exceptional creativity who propose highly innovative and potentially transformative approaches to major challenges in the biomedical or behavioral sciences towards the goal of enhancing human health. Dr. Monje received the award based on her laboratory research which discovered that neuronal activity critically regulates the progression of glial malignancies, and now seeks to leverage a deeper understanding of neuron-glioma interactions to develop novel therapeutic strategies for these lethal brain cancers.

Stanford Brain Tumor Center reunion dinner at the Society for Neuro Oncology annual meeting in New Orleans 2018.