Working to understand how brain tumors develop in children and identify personalized treatment strategies.
The Pacific Pediatric Neuro-Oncology Consortium (PNOC) is an international consortium with centers within the United States, Europe, Asia and Australia. We are dedicated to bringing new therapies to children and young adults with brain tumors. Our goal is to improve outcomes by translating the latest findings in brain tumor biology into better treatments for these children.
In 2019, PNOC established disease specific “working groups” with the main intent to bring clinicians, scientists, philanthropy, and families together to enhance clinical trial development and cultivate the most comprehensive correlative studies for each PNOC trial. The working groups use the resources of the Children’s Brain Tumor Network (CBTN) biorepository to help translate ideas about the biology of these tumors into clinical trials to be conducted within PNOC. Clinical and laboratory scientists focus on diseases with high-unmet need and identify gaps and opportunities to change quality and overall outcomes of those patients. Advocacy/philanthropic and family groups are themselves invited to become a part of the strategy, participating on the working group calls/meetings, and to bring their important voice to the discussion. These interactions have fostered important discussions that support the development and funding of innovative trials.
Working group focus areas include: Low grade Glioma, Diffuse Midline Glioma/High grade Glioma, Medulloblastoma, Atypical Teratoid Rhabdoid Tumors (ATRT), Craniopharyngioma, Ependymoma, Germ Cell Tumors, Immunotherapy, Imaging, and DEI (Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion).
This working group focuses on advancing research and new treatment strategies for germ cell tumors.
This working group focuses on advancing research and new treatment strategies for craniopharyngioma tumors.
This working group focuses on advancing imaging research and new imaging strategies for all brain tumors.
This working group focuses on advancing the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion within PNOC’s clinical trials, affiliate sites, and personnel.
This working group focuses on advancing research and new treatment strategies for atypical teratoid rhabdoid tumors (ATRT).
PNOC is incredibly grateful for the support from individuals, families and foundations. So many have been affected by cancer, and even pediatric brain cancer, and want to give back. The support via financial contributions, input and perspective on our Research Groups, and championing for pediatric brain cancer at the federal level, invigorates all PNOC members to keep moving the research forward.