Prof. Martin Glas is a specialist neurologist and cerebral tumour specialist. He heads the Department of Clinical Neuro-oncology at the Essen University Hospital (Neurology Clinic), which provides patients with cancer conditions of the central nervous system with highly competent medical care. The conditions treated by Prof. Glas and his team include benign and malignant tumours, as well as cerebral and spinal cord metastases, together with the accompanying effects of cancer conditions on the nervous system.
Specialists from related fields come together under the leadership of Prof. Glas in order to provide each individual patient with the best possible prospects of healing in close interdisciplinary collaboration. Participants include the Departments of Neurosurgery, Medical Oncology, Radiotherapy, Particle Therapy (proton therapy), Haematology, Nuclear Medicine, Paediatric Oncology, for example, and many more. Particular importance is assigned to the specialists in neurosurgery since they specialise in complex surgical procedures on the human central nervous system. There is excellent collaboration between the Neurosurgery Clinic and the Department of Clinical Neuro-oncology at Essen University Hospital. The Department of Clinical Neuro-oncology is also regarded as a department at the Neurology Clinic.
Together with the direct medical care of the patient, the specialists within the Department of Neuro-oncology focus on research. Prof. Glas himself makes an important contribution to scientific discourse with a considerable number of contributions in specialist publications, presentations at medical conferences and patent applications. He has been awarded several prizes for his contribution. His scientific projects have been supported by the Federal German Ministry of Education and Research with more than 3 million euros.
Thanks to the close co-operation with the Department of Translational Neuro-oncology of the German Cancer Research Centre at the Western German Tumour Centre, the patients benefit in the course of clinical studies on innovative medications and treatment methods, which may provide the prospect of an improvement in the course of the disease. It is important to Prof. Glas that cerebral tumour research and its practical application continue to be brought closer together.
The stated goal of the Department of Clinical Neuro-oncology is thus to develop its own innovative techniques for the treatment of cerebral tumours and, in the long term, to make the chance of a longer life with a high quality of life possible for more and more affected patients.