Cancer Neuroscience Initiative (CNI)
Cobi Heijnen, Ph.D.
John de Groot, M.D.
The Cancer Neuroscience Initiative (CNI) promotes the integration of cancer-related neuroscience within MD Anderson as well as collaborations between MD Anderson and outside neuroscience research groups. The program was established in March 2018.
Our cancer neuroscience research focuses on:
- Cancer-related neurotoxicity: assessment, mechanisms, and development of pharmacological and behavioral interventions.
- The role of peripheral and central nervous system on tumor growth and metastasis.
- Brain health and accelerated aging in cancer patients.
- Neuroimaging (both preclinical and clinical) in the context of cancer and cancer treatment.
- Cross-talk between the immune and nervous system in relation to tumor growth and neurotoxicities.
Cancer Neuroscience Initiative Symposia
Held every two months, the symposia provide a podium for neuroscience researchers and clinicians to present their work and collaboration interests. In addition to the two invited speakers, the symposia also allow junior investigators to present their work through Rapid Fire Presentations (five minute maximum), as well as by poster presentations during the social.
Please contact the CNI Program Coordinator for more information or to sign up as a rapid fire speaker/poster presenter on the next seminar.
Upcoming seminar: Feb. 26, 2019
Guest speakers will be Benjamin Deneen, Ph.D. (Baylor College of Medicine) and Rebecca Harrison, M.D. (MD Anderson, Neuro-Oncology)
The inaugural CNI seminar was held on Oct. 30, 2018, where Annemieke Kavelaars, Ph.D., presented her work on targeting HDAC6 to present or reverse chemotherapy-induced neurotoxicites and Shelli Kesler, Ph.D., presented her work on neurobiomarkers of cognitive dysfunction in patients with cancer.