Medical Expert - Waldemar Debinski, MD, PhD

Area of Expertise: Cancer - Brain
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Waldemar Debinski, MD, PhD

Professor of Surgery - Neurosurgery

Debinski, the director of the Brain Tumor Center of Excellence at Wake Forest Baptist, is a physician-scientist who pioneered a method to destroy malignant brain tumor cells without harming healthy cells. A drug developed by Debinski was an "unanticipated success" in early clinical trials and is now going through final testing in a phase-3 study. He is also researching brain tumor vaccines and new imaging techniques. He holds eight patents and has published more than 200 scientific reports. He won the Society of Neuro-Oncology's annual award for Excellence in Basic Research.

Keywords

Targeted therapies for brain cancer, brain cancer vaccine research, imaging, malignant brain tumors, Brain Tumor Center of Excellence, brain tumor vaccine

IN THE NEWS

Invading Cancer Cells

Researchers have created a "designer protein" that can not only target a cancer cell, but can also invade that cell and attack its DNA. Lead researcher Waldemar Debinski, MD, PhD, says his findings open a new door in cancer research.

New Brain Tumor Vaccine to Be Tested in Humans
For patients with low-grade gliomas, or slow growing brain tumors, a shot in the arm might soon lead to a new treatment therapy. A groundbreaking, first in humans vaccine will be tested in an early phase clinical trial that will soon begin at Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center. Eighteen patients will be the first in the world to receive it.
Novel Brain Tumor Vaccine Acts Like Bloodhound to Locate Cancer Cells

A national clinical trial testing the efficacy of a novel brain tumor vaccine has begun at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center, the only facility in the Southeast to participate.

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