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November 2008 Issue

Ronald Warnick, MD, director of the Brain Tumor Center and chairman of the Mayfield Clinic.
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$26 Million Investment Creates Brain Tumor Center

By Cindy Starr
Published November 2008

A plan to invest $26 million over 10 years has established the Brain Tumor Center at the University of Cincinnati Neuroscience Institute.

The bulk of the financial commitment will be shared by University Hospital, UC and several neuroscience-related physician practices. Community donors are expected to raise the remaining $8.5 million needed.

The $26 million will endow clinical and research programs, fund the purchase of new technologies and accelerate collaboration among scientists and physicians.

The Brain Tumor Center will be closely affiliated with the UC Barrett Cancer Center at University Hospital and the joint cancer program, a cooperative initiative of UC, University Hospital and Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center.

“The Brain Tumor Center is a tremendous example of strong collaboration between University Hospital and UC to care for the residents of our community and the world beyond,” says Lee Ann Liska, senior vice president and executive director of University Hospital.

“This multi-milliondollar investment will enable us to recruit additional clinicians and researchers and broaden services to our patients.”

John Tew, MD, professor of neurosurgery and clinical director of the UC Neuroscience Institute, adds, “This infusion of funds will propel brain tumor research and care in Cincinnati to a new level of excellence while inspiring broad collaboration. It will ensure that the UC Neuroscience Institute can continue to inspire the best and brightest scientists and physicians in our quest to provide better treatments—and cures—for people with brain tumors.”

During the last two decades, the incidence of brain tumors in the United States has increased 22 percent overall and 55 percent in people over 65 years of age, according to the National Cancer Institute.

“The technology used for imaging brain tumors has greatly improved over the past decade,” says Ronald Warnick, MD, professor of neurosurgery, director of the Brain Tumor Center and chairman of the Mayfield Clinic.

“But this fact alone does not account for the rise in brain tumors over this time period. Of particular concern is the increased incidence of brain tumors in people over 65 years old.”

The Brain Tumor Center, formerly known as the Center for Advanced Brain Tumor Research and Treatment, treats hundreds of patients annually.

Specialists collaborate during all phases of treatment— from testing and diagnosis, to discussion of treatment options, to execution of the optimal treatment strategy.

The center’s enhanced funding will accelerate clinical research at University Hospital and Precision Radiotherapy in West Chester and laboratory research under way at UC’s Vontz Center for Molecular Studies and the Genome Research Institute.

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