Neuro-Oncology

Fawziyah Khan

ASR Year 1

What area of research am I interested in?

Oncology, generally, is the study of cancer.   Oncology is a very broad branch of science, including cancers from  leukemia to neuroblastomas.   My  research interest categorizes under brain cancer, which is also know as neuro-oncology. I actually got motivated to explore oncology when I first heard that my grandmother was diagnosed with colon cancer.  As I looked into oncology, I realized that I was more interested in brain cancer than any other type of cancer.  Furthermore, what was more intriguing to me about neuro-oncology is that it is difficult to treat and that is it was the second leading cause of cancer-related deaths in children under the age of 20.

Additional Information:

  •  Primary brain tumors occur in people of all ages, but they are more frequent in children and older adults.
  •  Metastatic brain tumors are more common in adults than children.
  • For every 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 221 are living following the diagnosis of a brain tumor.

(Source: http://www.abta.org/news/brain-tumor-fact-sheets/)

Research Institutions

Johns Hopkins University

 

Columbia University


Stony Brook University

 

Princeton University 

 

New York University 

 

Harvard University 

Yale University

 

 

 

 

 

 

Rockerfeller University

 

Stanford University

Cornell University

 

ASR Background

Grade Level:  I am currently a sophomore in high school, and also a Year 1 Advanced Science Researcher.

Ethnicity and Country of Origin: I am an Asian, originating from Bangladesh.  Bangladesh is directly to the right of India and under Nepal.

Research Motivation: I applied  to the Advanced Science Research Program (ASR) so I can get experience doing advanced research in the field of neuro-oncology.  Ever since I was in fifth grade, I was keen to understand what cancer was and decided from there on that I wanted  to be an oncologist.  As I researched more into oncology, I realized that I had much more interest in neuro-oncology.  I would like to specifically study glioblastomas because almost every known treatment proved to be ineffective towards treating this type of malignant tumor.  I have a passion and desire to help individuals diagnosed with cancer, which is really what motivates me to study neuro-oncology.

 

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If you have any questions or inquiries, please contact Ms. Charlene Chan, the science research director, at asrchan@yahoo.com

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