Local hydrogel-mediated delivery of interventions for the treatment of glioblastoma

Natalie Artzi with Henry Brem and Michelle Zarrella Dion

Hydrogel developed by the researchers

Glioblastoma is a lethal, aggressive brain cancer with a dismal median survival rate of 15 months. Tumor recurrence is inevitable after treatment – involving surgical resection followed by chemotherapy and radiation therapy – since it is impossible to eliminate all tumor cells using current strategies. This team is developing injectable, adhesive hydrogels that can be applied directly into the post-surgical cavity to mediate controlled local delivery of single and potential combination therapies. This technology will provide precise control over chemotherapy release kinetics, and improve chemotherapy’s brain biodistribution and selective uptake in tumor cells to enhance safety and efficacy.