TGen opens DIPG tissue donation portal to accelerate research
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PHOENIX, Ariz. — July 17, 2018 — A tissue donation portal opened today at the Translational Genomics Research Institute (TGen), which will advance research towards new treatments for an aggressive brain cancer that mostly strikes young children.

This new portal will accelerate the ability of families of children with DIPG — or Diffuse Intrinsic Pontine Glioma — to help TGen build a tissue bank that will aid researchers in their investigations of this rare and currently incurable disease that strikes about 350 children in the U.S. each year. Average survival following diagnosis is only one year.

“DIPG is such a rare and complicated cancer that relatively little is still known about its cause, let alone how we might successfully treat it,” said Dr. Michael Berens, a TGen Deputy Director, Director of TGen’s Cancer and Cell Biology Division, and head of TGen DIPG research. “By assembling tissue samples, we are becoming better equipped to probe the molecular underpinnings of DIPG and begin to find more clues that will lead to better treatments.”

Also today, Paul and Cyndi Cozzi of Bonney Lake, Wash., contributed $25,000 to TGen DIPG research efforts on behalf of their 18-year-old son Camron, who recently succumbed to

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