Team Categories: International Children's Brain Tumour Board

Dr Amy Smith

Amy Smith, MD, is a neuro-oncologist and part of the pediatric hematology/oncology team with The Haley Center for Children’s Cancer and Blood Disorders at Orlando Health Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children. She is board certified in pediatrics and pediatric hematology/oncology. Dr. Smith earned her medical degree from the Medical College of Georgia in Augusta, and […]

Dr Anang Shelat

Dr. Anang Shelat is an expert in chemical informatics and assay development, with an expanding portfolio of innovative and collaborative research efforts. His scientific journey began at Harvard, continued at UCSF, and ultimately led to postdoc fellowship and faculty appointment at St. Jude. Dr. Shelat and his team developed invaluable analytical tools for drug screening […]

Professor Steve Pollard

Based at our Edinburgh Centre(link is external), Professor Steven Pollard and his team are working to better understand brain stem cells and their potential role in ‘glioblastoma’ – a fast-growing type of brain cancer. Brain stem cells are amazing cells that can change their characteristics to become any kind of specialist cell in the brain. Before […]

Dr Kristian Pajtler

Dr Pajtler leads the Early Cancer Diagnostics team which consists of members with a background in biology, biotechnology, bioinformatics or medicine. They are strongly involved in all three major programs of the Hopp Children’s Cancer Center. Preclinical, translational and clinical research is conducted in three closely interconnected focus areas outlined below. These aim at improvement […]

Dr Marcel Kool

Dr Kool studies the genomics and epigenomics of pediatric brain tumors and how to translate findings from these studies into novel therapies. More effective and less toxic therapies are highly needed as there are many types of childhood brain tumors for which the survival is still very poor or where survivors suffer from serious long-term […]

Professor Steven Clifford

Professor Clifford is Chair of Molecular Paediatric Oncology and directs the Newcastle University Centre for Cancer. He co-leads our Childhood Brain Tumour Research team (25 scientists/clinicians), with major interests in understanding the biological basis of embryonal brain tumour development (principally medulloblastoma), and translating these findings into improved clinical treatments. His international bench-to-bedside programme in medulloblastoma has been central […]

Dr Nick Gottardo

Dr Gottardo is Co-Head of the Institute’s Brain Tumour Research Team and a Consultant Paediatric Oncologist/Neuro-Oncologist and Head of Department of Paediatric Oncology and Haematology at Princess Margaret Hospital for Children. Dr Gottardo is also an Adjunct Associate Clinical Professor at the University of Western Australia and a Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Physicians […]

Dr Amar Gajjar

Dr. Gajjar studied medicine and completed his internship at Grant Medical College in Bombay, India. He completed an immunology research fellowship at the University of Oklahoma followed by a pediatric residency at All Children’s Hospital, University of South Florida, where he served as Chief Pediatric Resident. Dr. Gajjar then completed a pediatric hematology/oncology fellowship and […]

Dr David Ellison

Dr Ellison’s lab is working on defining molecular classification of pediatric central nervous system tumors and understanding the biology of childhood ependymoma

Dr Jenny Adamski

Dr Adamski is a Neuro-Oncologist and mainly works with children and young people with brain and spinal tumours. She also cares for teenagers and young adults who are monitored for late effects of cancer treatment in childhood. She is national chair of the Children’s Cancer and Leukaemia Group (CCLG)  working groups for Embryonal Tumours (including Medulloblastoma) and Choroid […]

Prof Stefan Pfister

Stefan M. Pfister, MD serves as Director of the Hopp Children´s Cancer Center (KiTZ), a joint venture between the German Cancer Research Center (DKFZ) and Heidelberg University Hospital. As one of three founding directors, he has played a pivotal role in establishing this new pediatric comprehensive cancer center, reflecting his desire to further expand the […]

Dr Paul Northcott

Paul Northcott received his PhD from the University of Toronto and completed his postdoctoral training at the Hospital for Sick Children in Ontario, Canada, and the German Cancer Research Center in Heidelberg, Germany. His prolific and impactful work as a trainee led to a faculty appointment in 2015 at St. Jude, where he continues to […]

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