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Johannes Gojo takes over professorship for pediatric neuro-oncology

(Vienna, 01-09-2023) On September 1, 2023, Johannes Gojo will take up the professorship of Pediatric Neuro-Oncology (§99(1)) at MedUni Vienna. The pediatric hemato-oncologist will take over as head of the special field of neuro-oncology at the Department of Neonatology, Pediatric Intensive Care Medicine and Neuropediatrics at MedUni Vienna's University Department of Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine. Precision medicine for brain tumors in children and adolescents is one of his research focuses.

Research into innovative therapies for aggressive brain tumors in children is also the focus of Johannes Gojo's work as part of the professorship. "I am particularly interested in translational approaches and possibilities for precision medicine," says the new Professor of Pediatric Neuro-Oncology, who pursues international collaborations at the highest level.

In his new role, Gojo will also be driving forward the establishment of the Pediatric Brain Tumor Center Vienna as an interdisciplinary facility at MedUni Vienna (Department of Neurosurgery, Department of Neurochemistry and Neuropathology, Department of Neuroradiology and Musculoskeletal Radiology, Department of Radiation Oncology, Center for Cancer Research) under the umbrella of the Comprehensive Center for Pediatrics and the Comprehensive Cancer Center of MedUni Vienna and Vienna General Hospital. The aim is to provide young patients with the best possible care and to carry out studies to further develop therapeutic options. Johannes Gojo is also focusing on research into new biomarkers ("liquid biopsies") in order to develop better diagnostic procedures for children and young people with cancer.

Personal details:
Born in Vorarlberg, he completed his studies in human medicine at the Medical University of Vienna in 2012. In 2018, he followed this with the completion of his doctoral studies in "Clinical Neurosciences" with his dissertation entitled "Molecular Biomarkers in Pediatric Ependymoma." Pediatric neuro-oncology has been Johannes Gojo's professional focus from the beginning of his career. As a specialist in pediatrics and adolescent medicine, he habilitated at MedUni Vienna in 2021 on the topic of "Applying precision medicine to improve diagnoses and treatment of pediatric brain tumors". His training as a specialist in pediatrics and adolescent medicine was followed in 2021 by a degree in pediatric hematology and oncology. Research stays have so far taken the recipient of numerous awards to Boston and Heidelberg, and in addition to other positions and areas of responsibility, he has been a member of the Executive Board of the Comprehensive Cancer Center of MedUni Vienna and Vienna General Hospital since 2021.