Pediatric Brain Cancer
Dr. Lombard is working with a team of experts at Cold Spring Harbor to cure a pediatric brain cancer called Brainstem Glioma (DIPG) through a novel approach called antisense technology. He has teamed up with world-renowned expert, Dr. Krainer, the Chair of Cancer & Molecular Biology at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory and Kathleen O'Connell, an Emmy award winning network television news producer. Kathleen’s 14-year old son, Lucas, died in 2010 from DIPG.
DIPG is a highly malignant brain tumor that primarily affects very young children with a median survival of only 9 months, with almost all children dying within 2 years after the initial diagnosis. Radiation therapy only transiently delays tumor progression. Dr. Lombard hopes to enter human clinical trials within the next year with the goal of expediting a cure to save children from this fatal disease.