Dr. Prakash Chinnaiyan, a Beaumont hospital radiation oncologist, has received $1.6 million from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to study glioblastomas, the deadly brain tumors that claimed the lives of U.S. senators John McCain and Edward Kennedy as well as former Vice President Joe Biden’s son Beau. The five-year grant enables him the opportunity to continue the study of metabolic reprogramming in glioblastoma. Based in the Detroit, MI area, this is Dr. Chinnaiyan’s second NIH grant—he has also received research funding from the U.S. Department of Defense and the American Cancer Society.  

Glioblastoma: A Killer

About 15,000 people dies form this form of brain cancer every year. It is the most common form of brain cancer in adults—and treatment options are limited while the median survival rate is less than two years.

The Research

Dr. Chinnaiyan, an expert in treating brain and spine cancer, will focus on metabolic reprogramming in glioblastoma. His lab-based study—based on 10 years of work—will take place at the Beaumont Research Institute in Royal Oak. He noted, “Cancer cells require specific nutrients to thrive and grow.” He continued, “The goal of our research is to identify what nutrients glioblastoma cells need to live, understand why they utilize these nutrients and determine if these metabolic pathways can be disrupted. This understanding can lead to new treatments.”

About Beaumont

Beaumont is a not-for-profit organization formed by Beaumont Health System, Botsford Hospital and Oakwood Health System to provide patients with the benefit of greater access to the highest quality, compassionate care, no matter whey they live in southeast Michigan. In March 2014, the Beaumont Health System, along with Botsford Health Care and Oakwood Healthcare, all merged forming Beaumont Health.

The organization generates revenue of about $4.4 billion and consists of eight hospitals with 3,429 beds, 187 outpatient sites, and nearly 5,000 physicians with more than 38,000 employees and about 3,500 volunteers.

Lead Research/Investigator

Prakash Chinnaiyan, MD, Professor of Oakland University William Beaumont School of Medicine

Call to Action: If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with glioblastoma—a form of brain cancer—in southeast Michigan, you may want to consider seeing Dr. Chinnaiyan if possible.

Source: Beaumont Health

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