Winter
2012

Discovery

Tracking The Spread Of Cancer

Tracking The Spread Of Cancer

For the first time, scientists have seen how cancer cells move in the brain, thanks to a new imaging technique developed at Case Western Reserve School of Medicine by molecular biology and microbiology professor Susann M. Brady-Kalnay, PhD, and biomedical engineering professor David L. Wilson, PhD.

Using a novel cryo-imaging method, researchers got an unprecedented look at glioblastoma multiforme—a particularly aggressive form of brain cancer—in a biologic model. Seeing how tumor cells invade the body and spread could help researchers develop and test more effective drugs and other treatments for cancer, according to the researchers.