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Tina Young  Poussaint, MD

Department: Radiology
Research Centers: Radiology Research Center
Hospital Title: Attending Neuroradiologist
Academic Title: Professor of Radiology, Harvard Medical School
Research Area: Neuroimaging

Website: Pediatric Brain Tumor Consortium

Research Overview

Tina Young Poussaint, MD is Director of the Neuroimaging Center (NIC) for the multi-institutional Pediatric Brain Tumor Consortium (PBTC), at Boston Children's Hospital. The PBTC consisting of 11 participating institutions,  is dedicated to conducting novel phase 1 and 2 clinical evaluations of new therapeutic drugs, new biological therapies, treatment delivery technologies and radiation treatment strategies in children from infancy to 21 years of age with primary central nervous system (CNS) tumors.
The Neuroimaging Center ensures that neuroimaging studies(including MR and PET) and quality assurance procedures--along with the data analysis of these imaging studies--are standard among all of the institutions. The NIC also sees that the PBTC is able to incorporate imaging endpoints into its overall research program and to develop correlative imaging research plans related to the novel therapeutic interventions employed.

About Tina Young Poussaint, MD

Tina Young Poussaint is a Staff Neuroradiologist at Boston Children's Hospital and Professor of Radiology, Harvard Medical School.  She graduated from Mt. Holyoke College and received her medical degree from Yale University. She completed a residency in diagnostic radiology and fellowship training in neuroradiology at Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston.

Key Publications

Poussaint TY, Kocak M, Vajapeyam S, Packer RI, Robertson RL, Geyer R, Haas-Kogan D, Pollack IF, Vezina G, Zimmerman R, Cha S, Patay Z, Boyett JM, Kun LE.  MRI as a Central Component of Clinical Trials Analysis in Brainstem Glioma: A Report from the Pediatric Brain Tumor Consortium (PBTC).  Neuro-Oncol 2011;13:417-27.


Zukotynski KA, Fahey FH, Kocak M, Alavi A, Wong TZ, Treves ST, Shulkin BL, Haas-Kogan DA, Geyer, JR, Vajapeyam S, Boyett JM, Kun LE, Poussaint TY. Evaluation of 18F-FDG PET and MRI Associations in Pediatric Diffuse Intrinsic Brain Stem Glioma: A Report from the Pediatric Brain Tumor Consortium. J Nucl Med 2011;52:188-95.


Zukotynski KA, Fahey FH, Vajapeyam S, Ng SS, Kocak M, Gururangan S, Kun LE, Poussaint TY.  Exploratory evaluation of MR permeability with 18F-FDG-PET mapping in pediatric brain tumors:  a report from the Pediatric Brain Tumor Consortium (PBTC).  J Nucl Med.  2013; 54: 1237-1243.

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