A new study by Canadian researchers may pave the way for more effective treatment of an aggressive and deadly type of brain tumour, known as ETMR/ETANTR. The tumour, which is seen only in children under four, is almost always fatal, despite aggressive treatment.  The study proposes a new model for how this brain tumour develops and suggests possible targets to investigate for novel therapies.

These findings, recently published in Nature Genetics, also shed new light on the complex process of early brain development.  The study was led by the Research Institute of the McGill University Health Centre (RI-MUHC), McGill University, and The Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids), and funded by the Cancer Research Society.

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