Stem Cells loaded with Herpes virus for brain tumour therapy 

Another interesting review of research focusing on using viruses against brain tumours.

Article written by: Charles S. Cobbs, MD

The Gregory Foltz, MD Endowed Director
Ben & Catherine Ivy Center for Advanced Brain Tumor Treatment
Swedish Neuroscience Specialists

News from the USA, of the successful treatment of a stage four Glioblastoma with the Poliovirus offers great hope to patients. Several great Research breakthroughs have been reported recently from the US, lets hope it's not long before these are available in the UK.

The following story has been written by:

Dr. Charles Cobbs, Neurosurgeon and The Gregory Foltz MD Endowed Director of The Ben and Catherine Ivy Center for Advanced Brain Tumor Treatment, latest blog regarding the much discussed use of poliovirus to treat recurrent glioblastoma.

A recent study has gained quite a bit of press recently:  

The activity of four transcription factors -- proteins that regulate the expression of other genes -- appears to distinguish the small proportion of glioblastoma cells responsible for the aggressiveness and treatment resistance of the deadly brain tumour. The findings by a team of Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) investigators, which will be published in the April 24 issue of Cell and are receiving advance online release, support the importance of epigenetics -- processes controlling whether or not genes are expressed -- in cancer pathology and identify molecular circuits that may be targeted by new therapeutic approaches.