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Upper Michigan Brain Tumor Center

A collaboration between Northern Michigan University and Upper Peninsula Health Systems - Marquette, the Upper Michigan Brain Tumor Center exists to train the next generation of research and medical professionals, while improving patient outcomes by better understanding how brain cancer works.

IMPROVING PATIENT OUTCOMES

In collaboration with Upper Peninsula Health Systems - Marquette, the Upper Michigan Brain Tumor Center (UMBTC) works to better understand how glioblastoma multiforme (GBM) works in the human brain. Students are able to create their own research projects, or work with NMU faculty. Understanding the "how" of brain cancer is the key to creating less invasive and more effective treatments for GBM patients. In addition to research in the lab, students are involved with Students for the Upper Michigan Brain Tumor Center - a student organization that advocates on behalf of cancer patients and their families through fundraisers, volunteering, and the ChemoCare basket program. 

HANDS-ON EXPERIENCE

The UMBTC aims to provide motivated undergraduate and graduate students the opportunity to work in a nationally-recognized research center. Students graduate from NMU and are able to work alongside researchers around the country with ease, continue on to PhD programs, or excel in medical school. 

International Brain Tumor Awareness Week, held annually in October, is the opportunity to for community members to connect with students in the lab and learn more about the research being done on NMUThe Students for the Upper Michigan Brain Tumor Center serves as an advocacy group for neuro-oncology patients through education in schools and support to make chemotherapy easier. The UMBTCStudents are given the opportunity to present their research on NMU
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What you'll do with the Upper Michigan Brain Tumor Center

Hands-on research experience, interaction with field professionals, opportunities for research fellowships, and working alongside experienced professors in an established lab that has ties all across the country - the question is, what won't you do with the Upper Michigan Brain Tumor Center? Students with an interest in research, no matter their major, will find a place in the UMBTC if motivation and desire to learn is shown. Students will learn research techniques while improving the neuro-oncology field's understanding of glioblastoma multiforme - ultimately improving treatment methods and patient outcomes.

Upper Michigan Brain Tumor Centerumbtc@nmu.edu