Speaker Profile

M.D., Ph.D., MPH, Co-director, Hermelin Brain Tumor Center at Henry Ford Hospital Detroit; Assistant professor of neurology at Wayne State University
Biography

Tobias Walbert, MD, PhD, MPH is the co-director of the Hermelin Brain Tumor Center at Henry Ford Hospital Detroit and an assistant professor of neurology at Wayne State University. He is the Director of the Hermelin Brain Tumor Bank, which hosts over 4000 clinically annotated brain tumor tissues. Dr. Walbert earned his medical degree and PhD (Dr. med.) in neuro-anatomy about Vitamin D receptors in the brain from the Friedrich-Schiller University in Jena, Germany. He was awarded a Fulbright Scholarship to attend Harvard University and received his master’s degree in Public Health focusing on health care management, decision analysis and quality of life assessment. His clinical training in neurology and neuro-oncology was at the Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms-University in Bonn, Germany, Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, OH and the MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, TX.

Talk

Clinical Dx Showcase: Clinical and Research applications of a Brain Tumor Tissue Bank in the age of Precision Medicine
The Hermelin Brain Tumor Bank is one of the most comprehensive brain tumor tissue repositories, hosting over 4000 clinically annotated brain tumor tissues. Tissue was extensively utilized to complete the NIH sponsored “The Cancer Genome Atlas Research Network (TCGA)” mapping of high and low grade gliomas. New projects are investigating the genetic drivers of immune response and quality of life in brain tumor patients.

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