U.S. Rep. Mike Quigley of Illinois visited the Northwestern University Brain Tumor Institute (NBTI) and the Robert H. Lurie Comprehensive Cancer Center of Northwestern University May 20 to speak with leading researchers and clinicians about advancements in brain tumor care and treatment. Congressman Quigley has championed legislation in Congress to direct more research funding to brain tumor research and raise awareness about the need for more effective treatments.
The Congressman met with doctors Leonidas Platanias, Jeffrey Raizer and Matt Lesniak to discuss some of the new therapies in development at Northwestern that are showing significant promise. The physicians also highlighted how important federal funding for research is to continuing the development of new therapies and diagnostics for this aggressive cancer.
Platanias is director of the Lurie Cancer Center; Raizer is a professor of neurology and medicine-hematology/oncology in the Feinberg School of Medicine; and Lesniak is the Michael J. Marchese Professor and chair of Neurological Surgery in Feinberg and at Northwestern Memorial Hospital.
Rep. Quigley then toured the NBTI Tarry Lab facility to meet with residents and early career researchers in order to discuss their research and see where the residents are trained in surgical procedures.
In addition, the Congressman also had an opportunity to see where patients are treated at the NBTI and to meet with P.J. Lukac, a former patient who was successfully treated at the NBTI for his glioblastoma. Lukac is now a practicing pediatric hospitalist at Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago.
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