The Role of IDH Mutation in Human Brain Tumors

Sheri Holmen, PhD, was the first to show that IDH mutations, on the appropriate genetic background, resulted in glioma initiation and growth. This discovery provided the basis of a pre-clinical model for testing the contribution of other molecular alterations to the pathogenesis of, and the effects of various treatments on, these tumors. Howard Colman, MD, PhD, and colleagues subsequently demonstrated that increased DNA alterations were associated with higher-grade gliomas and worse prognoses. Continue reading → The Role of IDH Mutation in Human Brain Tumors

Research Statement

Howard Colman, MD, PhD, has multiple clinical interests including the treatment of primary and metastatic brain tumors, and the diagnosis and management of neurologic complications of cancer. His clinical research is focused on the development and testing of new therapies for brain tumors. His laboratory interests include the identification of molecular markers of prognosis and treatment response in brain tumors and the role of tumors stem cells in the development and treatment resistance of brain tumors. He is a Jon M. Huntsman Presidential Professor in the Department of Neurosurgery, a member of the multidisciplinary Brain Tumor Research Team, and is Leader of the Center for Neurologic Cancers at Huntsman Cancer Institute (HCI) at the University of Utah. He is also an HCI investigator and a member of the Experimental Therapeutics program.
Huntsman Translational Scholars: Howard Colman, MD, PhD