Translating Neuroconcepts into Neurotherapies

Miletic Research Group
Experimental Neuro-oncology & Neuropathology

Welcome to the Miletic Research Group Website

The Miletic Research Group is part of the Translational Cancer Research Laboratory at the Department of Biomedicine, University of Bergen, Norway. Within Neurooncology, our research is focused on human glioblastoma(GBM),the most malignant and frequently occurring primary brain tumor. GBMs are highly invasive tumors, and it is well known that invasive tumor cells are often responsible for recurrent tumors and capable of escaping conventional therapies. Thus, innovative therapies that target invasive tumor cells are urgently needed. In the Miletic lab, we work on projects within basic and translational research aimed toward both gaining a better understanding of invasive mechanisms of GBM and developing experimental therapies. Two major research topics in our lab include:

  1. Identifying molecular mechanisms of invasion within human GBM
  2. Translation of a lentiviral suicide gene therapy into the clinic to treat GBM patients

To achieve these goals, we use a human GBM xenograft model that recapitulates the invasive and angiogenic features of patient tumors. This model has been developed within the Translational Cancer Research lab and is one of the most clinically relevant animal models available. Using this model, we have recently shown that lentiviral vectors delivering a suicide gene can efficiently kill GBM cells and significantly prolong survival. Our group is connected to other research topics within oncology, pathology and neuropathology via a number of collaborations.

Research is to see what everybody else has seen, and to think what nobody else has thought.

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