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Contact: Susan Joslin, (508) 289-7281; sjoslin@mbl.edu

Brain Surgeon to Discuss Role of Stem Cells in Brain Tumor Origination and Treatment at July 8th MBL Friday Evening Lecture


WOODS HOLE, MA—Glioblastoma is the most common brain tumor in humans with a median survival of just 14 months. Neurosurgeon and cancer researcher Dr. Alfredo Quiñones-Hinojosa will discuss his quest for a breakthrough in the treatment of brain cancer, and what role neural stem cells might play, at the next MBL (Marine Biological Laboratory) Friday Evening Lecture on July 8. His lecture, "Bridging the Gap in the Fight Against Cancer: From the Operating Room to the Laboratory," will be held at 8:00 PM in the MBL's Lillie Auditorium, 7 MBL Street, Woods Hole. The event is free and open to the public.

Dr. Alfredo Quiñones-Hinojosa, or "Dr. Q," as his patients and students know him, is an associate professor of Neurosurgery and Oncology, Neuroscience, and Cellular and Molecular Medicine at Johns Hopkins University. He also serves as director of the Brain Tumor Surgery Program and director of Neurosurgical Pituitary Center at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. Dr. Quiñones is a faculty member in the MBL’s Summer Program in Neuroscience, Ethics & Survival.

Dr. Quiñones focuses on the surgical treatment of primary and metastatic brain tumors, with an emphasis on motor and speech mapping during surgery. He is an expert in treating intradural spinal tumors as well as brainstem and eloquent brain tumors in adults with the use of neurophysiological monitoring during surgery. He has a strong interest in treating patients with skull base tumors and the use of radiosurgery as an adjunct to the treatment of these lesions.

Dr. Quiñones conducts numerous research efforts on elucidating the role of stem cells in the origin of brain tumors and the potential role stem cells can play in fighting brain cancer and regaining neurological function. In addition to leading the Brain Tumor Stem Cell Laboratory, he also heads the Neuro-Oncology Surgical Outcomes Research Laboratory where he is working to improve patient safety and maximize the efficacy of current treatment paradigms for patients with brain tumors.

Dr. Quiñones received a medical degree from Harvard University and completed his residency in neurosurgery at the University of California, San Francisco, where he also completed a postdoctoral fellowship in developmental and stem cell biology.

Most recently, Dr. Quiñones was honored with a grant from the National Institute of Health for his work with stem cells and cancer. His awards include a Howard Hughes Medical Institute Physician-Scientist Early Career Award as well as being named one of the 100 most influential Hispanics in 2008. Dr. Quinones was also awarded the Nickens Faculty Fellowship from the Association of American Medical Colleges, recognized for leadership in addressing inequities minorities face in medical education and health care.

The Friday Evening Lecture Series will continue throughout the summer at the MBL. The remaining lectures in the series are below. For more information, visit www.mbl.edu/FEL.

July 14 & 15, 2011
Forbes Lectures
Russell D. Fernald, Stanford University
July 14: "Social Control of Brain Structure: Cellular Consequences of Changes in Social Status"
July 15: "How Does Social Status Influence the Brain?"

July 22, 2011
Porter Lecture
"The Origin of Life"
Jack W. Szostak, Harvard University; Howard Hughes Medical Institute; Nobel Prize for Physiology or Medicine, 2009

July 29, 2011
"Coral Reefs: Past, Present and Future"
Nancy Knowlton, Smithsonian Institution

August 5, 2011
Glassman Lecture
"The Broad Spectrum of Prion-Like Diseases and the Quest for Therapeutics"
Stanley B. Prusiner, University of California, San Francisco; Nobel Prize for Physiology or Medicine, 1997

August 11, 2011
Lederberg Lecture
"The Biochemistry of Inflammation: from Microciona to the Microbiome"
Gerald Weissmann, New York University School of Medicine

August 12, 2011
"Genetic Insight Into Candida Infection Biology"
Aaron P. Mitchell, Carnegie Mellon University

August 19, 2011
Sager Lecture
"Revisiting the Heuser and Reese Synapse in the 21st Century: Do Nerve Cells Kiss?" - Erik M. Jorgensen, University of Utah, Howard Hughes Medical Institute


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