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John Joseph Laterra, MD

Co-Director, Brain Cancer Program, Johns Hopkins Sidney Kimmel Comprehensive Cancer Center
Professor of Neurology

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  • Co-Director, Brain Cancer Program, Johns Hopkins Sidney Kimmel Comprehensive Cancer Center
  • Director, Division of Neuro-Oncology
  • Professor of Neurology
  • Professor of Neuroscience
  • Professor of Oncology

Centers & Institutes

  • Comprehensive Brain Tumor Center
  • Sidney Kimmel Comprehensive Cancer Center


Brain Tumors, Neurology

Research Interests

Mechanisms of brain tumor malignancy


As Professor of Neurology, Oncology and Neuroscience and co-Director of the Brain Cancer Program at the Johns Hopkins Comprehensive Cancer Center, Dr. John Laterra focuses on the diagnosis and treatment of patients with primary brain tumors and neurological complications of systemic cancer.

Dr. Laterra is internationally recognized for his clinical expertise and research on mechanisms of brain tumor malignancy, tumor vascular biology and the identification of new therapeutic targets in gliomas. Dr. Laterra's research is funded by the National Institutes of Health and numerous private foundations.


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Dr. Laterra is also actively involved in the brain tumor community outside of Johns Hopkins. He is a charter member of The Society of Neuro-Oncology, an associate editor of the journal Neuro-Oncology and a member of the Scientific Advisory Board of the American Brain Tumor Association.

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  • Education +


    • St. Vincent Charity Medical Center (Cleveland OH ) (1984)


    • University of Michigan Health System / Neurology (Ann Arbor MI ) (1988)


    • General, American Board of Psychiatry & Neurology - Neurology (1990)
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    Selected Publications View all on PubMed

    Donahue, M.J.; Blakeley, J.O.; Zhou, J.; Pomper, M.G.; Laterra, J.; van Zijl, P.C. Evaluation of human brain tumor heterogeneity using multiple T1-based MRI signal weighting approaches. Magn Reson Med. 2008 Feb;59(2):336-344.

    Roda, R.H.; Gallia, G.L.; Eberhart, C.G.; Weingart, J.D.; Laterra, J. Epilepsy and temporal lobe injury after skull base proton beam therapy. J Clin Neurosci. 2009 Sep;16(9):1220-1221.

    Sun, P.; Xia, S.; Lal, B.; Eberhart, C.G.; Quinones-Hinojosa, A.; Maciaczyk, J.; Matsui, W.; Dimeco, F.; Piccirillo, S.M.; Vescovi, A.L.; Laterra, J. DNER, an epigenetically modulated gene, regulates glioblastoma-derived neurosphere cell differentiation and tumor propagation. Stem Cells. 2009 Jul;27(7):1473-1486.

    Bhang, H.E.; Gabrielson, K.L.; Laterra, J.; Fisher, P.B.; Pomper, M.G. Tumor-specific imaging through progression elevated gene-3 promoter-driven gene expression. Nat Med. 2011 Jan;17(1):123-129.

    Zhou, J.; Tryggestad, E.; Wen, Z.; Lal, B.; Zhou, T.; Grossman, R.; Wang, S.; Yan, K.; Fu, D.X.; Ford, E.; Tyler, B.; Blakeley, J.; Laterra, J.; van Zijl, P.C. Differentiation between glioma and radiation necrosis using molecular magnetic resonance imaging of endogenous proteins and peptides. Nat Med. 2011 Jan;17(1):130-134.
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