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Beatrice Melins group

Research group Brain tumors and especially gliomas are tumors that are not easily cured. The most malignant form glioblastoma have very poor survival.

The etiology of brain tumors is not well known, apart from some genetic factors and ionising radiation. Our group tries to understand the underlying causes of glioma and find biomarkers to detect glioma early.Our overall aim is to gain a deeper understanding of the underlying pattern for the glioma architecture subtypes.

We use both cohort and collected case series from several different studies, such as (U-CAN   and  Northern Sweden Health and disease study

Head of research

Beatrice Melin
Professor, senior consultant (attending) physician


Participating departments and units at Umeå University

Department of Diagnostics and Intervention, The Biobank Research Unit

Research area

American Journal of Epidemiology
Malmberg, Charlotte; Numan Hellquist, Barbro; Sadanandan, Sajna Anand; et al.
Neuro-Oncology Practice, Oxford University Press 2024, Vol. 11, (2) : 125-131
Edström, Sonja; Numan Hellquist, Barbro; Sandström, Maria; et al.
Haematologica, Ferrata Storti Foundation 2024, Vol. 109, (7) : 2359-2363
Pulczynski, Elisa Jacobsen; Simonsen, Mikkel Runason; Kuittinen, Outi; et al.
JCI Insight, American Society For Clinical Investigation 2023, Vol. 8, (19)
Löding, Sebastian; Andersson, Ulrika; Kaaks, Rudolf; et al.
International Journal of Cancer, John Wiley & Sons 2023, Vol. 152, (9) : 2002-2010
Wu, Wendy Yi-Ying; Haider, Zahra; Feng, Xiaoshuang; et al.
Cancer Research, American Association for Cancer Research 2023, Vol. 83, (1) : 20-27
Namba, Shinichi; Saito, Yuki; Kogure, Yasunori; et al.
BJS Open, Oxford University Press 2023, Vol. 7, (3)
Rutegård, Martin; Häggström, Jenny; Back, Erik; et al.
Extensive study of brain tumor

An Umeå researcher is co-founder of an international team, which has found genetic factors behind glioma.

Knowledge of brain tumour metabolism can improve treatment

Metabolites expression varies greatly between subgroups of malignant brain tumors, cancer researchers show.

Latest update: 2024-01-04