Key areas of focus: pediatric craniopharyngioma, tumors, pediatric neurosurgery
Dr. Hankinson’s research focuses on 2 areas:
His primary interest is in the brain tumor Adamantinomatous Craniopharyngioma. We assembled and lead Advancing Treatment for Pediatric Craniopharyngioma (ATPC), which is North America’s only multicenter consortium dedicated to research into this tumor. We study both the surgical and clinical features of this tumor, which has led to the recent development of clinical trials of novel therapies. We also perform basic science research regarding growth mechanisms and inflammation within this tumor. We work in a highly collaborative manner with other labs and clinical research groups in North America and Europe. Further, we use Adamantinomatous Craniopharyngioma as a model system to develop novel machine learning methodologies that can be applied in the context of relatively uncommon diseases.
Dr. Hankinson is also very involved in multicenter research efforts in pediatric neurosurgery. He is actively involved with groups that study hydrocephalus, pediatric spine instrumentation, and Chiari Malformation.
Cristin Welle, PhD, Associate Professor
Sophie Eggert, MPH