The IGP neuro-oncology programme comprises six research labs that employ complementary approaches to study cancers of the nervous system. We focus primarily on two forms of brain tumours – glioblastoma and medulloblastoma – and our long-term goal is to introduce new treatments that improve the outcome for patients with these diseases.

Glioblastoma – which mainly affects adults – is the most frequent form of brain cancer. Currently, the prognosis for glioblastoma patients is very poor and efficient therapies remain to be discovered.

Medulloblastoma is the most common primary malignant brain tumour in children. Despite a better prognosis than for glioblastoma many children cannot be cured. In addition, those that survive often suffer from life-long side-effects of the aggressive and unspecific standard treatment.

Addressing a major health problem, our labs seek to answer fundamental questions about brain cancer, and to develop new strategies for diagnosis and therapy. For this, we use a broad range of tools, ranging from bio-banks, patient-derived cell models, clinically relevant animal models, and computational modelling. We are also working with a broad and international network of collaborators.

Research groups

Biophysics of stem cell and tissue growth – Michael Andäng

Neural stem cells – Karin Forsberg Nilsson

Translational research on immunotherapy for glioblastoma – Mats Hellström

Characterization of brain tumors using systems biology – Sven Nelander

Mechanisms behind childhood brain tumors – Fredrik Swartling

A cell of origin-based strategy to decipher glioma biology – Lene Uhrbom

Molecular cancer and stem cell therapeutics – Theresa Vincent

Human malignant glioma; from oncogenic mechanisms to treatment – Bengt Westermark