Associate Professor of Surgery (Neurosurgery)
Harvard Medical School
Attending Neurosurgeon
Massachusetts General Hospital
Members of the Curry Lab:
Translational Brain Tumor Immunology Laboratory

Lab Contact Information:

Richard B. Simches Research Center,
Brain Tumor Research Center,
Massachusetts General Hospital
617-643-5127 (Phone)
617-643-3422 (Fax)

Research Interests:

The Curry Lab research focuses on the development and evaluation of novel therapies for brain tumors. Malignant brain tumors are often associated with a dismal prognosis, and despite advances in surgical technique, radiation, and chemotherapy, few patients with glioblastoma remain alive three years after diagnosis. My principal efforts involve the conduct of translational research in immunotherapy for malignant brain tumors and in developing clinical trials involving immunotherapeutic and other biologic and cellular approaches. I am working closely with Glenn Dranoff, MD at the Cancer Vaccine Center at the Dana Farber Cancer Institute implementing a protocol for cytokine-based immunotherapy for brain tumors that combines autologous tumor cell vaccination with bystander cells expressing granulocyte-macrophage colony stimulating factor (GM-CSF) as a stimulator of cellular and humoral anti-tumor immunity. We are using treated patient serum to screen tumor cDNA libraries for antigenic targets and combining this with assays to detect helper and cytotoxic T-lymphocyte activity in patients with brain tumors.

In addition, the Curry Lab is collaborating with Robert Martuza, MD and Samuel Rabkin, PhD of the Molecular Neurosurgery Laboratory at Massachusetts General Hospital in studying the antitumor immunity that is generated in mice by infection of brain tumors with oncolytic herpes simplex virus -1. We are conducting studies combining HSV-1 (G207) treatment of brain tumors with intratumoral injection of dendritic cells, as well as other adjuvants known to participate in bridging innate and adaptive immunity.

Closely associated with the above work is the conduct of a clinical trial hoping to exploit the antitumor synergy between G207 (oncolytic HSV-1) and Temozolomide (an oral alkylating agent which has efficacy against malignant gliomas), the basis of which is chemotherapy-related cellular upregulation of DNA repair proteins that enhance viral replication.

I am also continually engaged in research involving assessment of patient outcomes, particularly those with brain tumors. Our current focus is on achieving representative ethnic diversity in cancer clinical trials and understanding ethnic variations in biological responses to therapies.

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