Target brain disease(s): Brain Tumors
Project goal: Find possible ways to repair structural and functional damage to the brain caused by chemotherapy and radiation.
Project description: Neurotoxic effects of these therapies are well known; however, Dr. Dietrich and his team went deeper to study structural changes to the brain resulting in chemotherapy and radiation. What they discovered was that the effects of these therapies continued to have a negative impact on the brain even months and years after treatment had stopped.
Throughout their research, Dr. Dietrich and his team looked at the entire human body to identify mechanisms that might aid in brain regeneration and enhance nervous system repair. From a broader perspective, Dr. Dietrich explained, this research is not just relevant to patients suffering from delayed effects of cancer therapy but also from other acute and chronic brain diseases, such as stroke, traumatic brain injury, multiple sclerosis, and degenerative diseases, such as Alzheimer’s disease and Parkinson’s disease.
Funding: Received $130,000 in research funds.