Mayo Clinic doctors and scientists are studying new ways to diagnose and treat brain tumors, including gliomas. Mayo Clinic is one of only five cancer centers to receive a National Cancer Institute-sponsored Specialized Programs of Research Excellence (SPORE) grant for brain cancer research.

Brain tumor research is conducted by the Neuro-Oncology Program and the Mayo Clinic Cancer Center. The Mayo Clinic Cancer Center receives funding from the National Cancer Institute and is designated as a comprehensive cancer center — recognition for an institution's scientific excellence and multidisciplinary resources focused on cancer prevention, diagnosis and treatment.

The Cancer Nanotechnology and Tumor Immunology Laboratory uses advanced imaging techniques, nanomedicine, anti-cancer immunotherapies and biomarkers to learn more about solid cancers affecting the brain and improve treatment for people with brain tumors.


See a list of publications by Mayo Clinic authors on glioma on PubMed, a service of the National Library of Medicine.

Aug. 12, 2015
  1. Central nervous system cancers. Fort Washington, Pa.: National Comprehensive Cancer Network. Accessed April 29, 2014.
  2. Winn RH. Youmans Neurological Surgery. 6th ed. Philadelphia, Pa.: Saunders Elsevier; 2011. Accessed April 29, 2014.
  3. Stupp R, et al. High-grade malignant glioma: ESMO clinical practice guidelines for diagnosis, treatment and follow-up. Annals of Oncology. 2010;21:v190. Accessed Nov. 4, 2014.
  4. Brain SPOREs. National Institutes of Health. Accessed April 29, 2014.
  5. Moynihan TJ (expert opinion). Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minn. May 12, 2014.
  6. Glioma. American Brain Tumor Association. Accessed Nov. 6, 2014.
  7. Omuro A, et al. Glioblastoma and other malignant gliomas: A clinical review. Journal of the American Medical Association. 2013;310:1842. Accessed Nov. 4, 2014.
  8. Astrocystoma. American Brain Tumor Association. Accessed Nov. 6, 2014.
  9. Ependymoma. American Brain Tumor Association. Accessed Nov. 6, 2014.
  10. What you need to know about brain tumors. National Cancer Institute. Accessed Nov. 6, 2014.
  11. Armstrong TS, et al. Use of complementary and alternative medical therapy by patients with primary brain tumors. Current Neurology and Neuroscience Reports. 2008;8:264.
  12. Adult brain tumors treatment (PDQ): Health professional version. National Cancer Institute. Accessed Nov. 6, 2014.
  13. Taylor L. Diagnosis, treatment and prognosis of glioma: Five new things. Neurology: Clinical Practice. 2010:S28. Accessed Nov. 4, 2014.
  14. Rice EM. Decision Support System. Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minn. Jan. 20, 2015.