The purpose of this study is to prospectively collect specimens from pediatric patients with diffuse intrinsic pontine glioma or brainstem glioma, either during therapy or at autopsy, in order to characterize the molecular abnormalities of this tumor.



Eligible Ages
Under 21 Years
Eligible Genders
Accepts Healthy Volunteers

Inclusion Criteria

  • Patients of any age with clinical and radiologic diagnosis of diffuse intrinsic pontine glioma
  • Patients with other high-grade gliomas originating in the brainstem
  • Patients with focal gliomas (WHO grade I/II) of the brainstem

Exclusion Criteria

  • Patients with any type of infiltrative low grade (WHO grade I and II) or high grade glioma (WHO grade III and IV) originating outside the brainstem
  • Patients harboring primary brainstem tumors with other histologic diagnoses (e.g., PNET)

Study Design

Study Type
Observational Model
Time Perspective

Arm Groups

ArmDescriptionAssigned Intervention
Patient samples Fresh-frozen and fixed tumor samples, correspondent normal brain tissue samples, cerebrospinal fluid, urine, and serum samples from patients affected with diffuse intrinsic pontine glioma or brainstem glioma

Recruiting Locations

Children's National and nearby locations

Children's National Medical Center
Washington, District of Columbia 20010

More Details

Children's National Research Institute

Study Contact

Javad Nazarian, PhD

Detailed Description

High grade diffuse intrinsic pontine glioma (DIPG) accounts for approximately 80% of pediatric brainstem tumors and 10% of pediatric brain tumors, and is the most lethal form of brainstem gliomas in children. There is currently no effective therapy to treat these tumors. We hypothesize that this tumor exhibits unique molecular abnormalities leading to altered RNA and protein expression. The aim of this trial is to collect specimens from pediatric patients with diffuse intrinsic pontine glioma including serum, cerebrospinal fluid, urine, brain tumor and other constitutional tissue, during therapy and/or at autopsy. Our goal is to study this tissue to characterize the genetic abnormalities that lead to tumor formation in order to identify key molecules as biomarkers which we can target to design and test new and more effective treatments.


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