Genetics of Intracranial Tumors

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Genetics of Intracranial Tumors 
What are Intracranial Tumors? 

Intracranial tumors, or brain tumors, are cell growths that occur inside the brain. There are different types of brain tumors and they can vary by size and location. These growths can be hard to manage and can lead to problems with how the brain functions. 

Brain tumors can lead to the following symptoms: 

  • Headaches that worsen over time 
  • Difficulty speaking 
  • Difficulty understanding language
  • Difficulty with balance or coordination
  • Changes in personality, mood, or behavior
  • Trouble processing thoughts


The causes of brain tumors are not entirely known. It is believed that poor health habits and genetics may be related. Treatment for this condition may change depending on the type of tumor. Chemotherapy or tumor removal surgery are common methods used to help those with this condition. 

How is the research done? 

This project wants to uncover genetic changes linked to brain tumor development. The use of BioVU resources allows the study team to find genetic markers related to certain brain tumors. They are studying certain genetic changes that occur before and after chemotherapy. This can show genetic clues linked to brain tumors and how brain tumors affect health. The team will use medical history and genetic markers to find out if brain tumors are linked to other health problems. The team will also study if brain tumors can affect a person’s appearance or feelings. This may show the impact and genetic factors behind brain tumors. They hope to find ways to give better advice to patients and treat them in the best way possible. 

What is the importance of this study? 

Researchers want to learn more about how brain tumors are formed and how they affect people who have them. The study team hopes to help reduce brain tumor-related deaths and  find new ways to treat the tumors in the future.