Picutre of Viola
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  • To find a cure for brain cancer in children, with focus on DIPG
  • Resident in Pediatric Neurology: Stanford Medicine
  • Postdoctoral Fellow in Postnatal Neurodevelopment at Stanford
  • PhD in Pediatric Neuro-Oncology
  • Licensed Doctor of Medicine in the EU
  • First authorship on 10 published manuscripts
  • Began a novel line of research on DIPG
  • Setup in vivo work in the NRG
  • Numerous grants, awards and scholarships
  • Extensive mentoring, international and volunteer experience
  • Permanent Resident (Green Card Holder)
  • Stanford University School of Medicine (June 2017 – June 2019)
      Stanford, CA, USA
    Pediatric Neurology Resident
  • Stanford University (October 2012 – May 20017)
      Stanford, CA, USA
    Monje Lab
    Postdoctoral Fellow: “Neuro-glial Interactions in the Glioma Microenvironment”
    Stanford Optogentics Innovation Laboratory Course (January 2013)
  • Cancer Center Amsterdam, VUmc (May 2008 – July 2012)
      Amsterdam, The Netherlands
    Neuro-Oncology Research Group (NRG), VU University Medical Center (VUmc)
    Ph.D. Project: “Diffuse intrinsic pontine gliomas: towards new treatment strategies”
  • Bicocca University of Medicine (October 2000 – March 2007)
      Milan, Italy
    Degree: Doctor of Medicine
    Thesis: “Non-dopaminergic systems in Parkinson’s Disease: an [123I]β-CIT SPECT Study”
    Student Council Representative to the Medicine Faculty (2003 – 2004)
  • Erasmus Project (March – December 2006)
      Amsterdam, The Netherlands
    Experimental medical thesis internship at the VUmc (Neurology Department)
  • Impington Village College (September 1998 – May 2000)
      Cambridge, United Kingdom
    International Baccalaureate
    Ranked 1st among all foreign students and 2nd in the graduating class.
  • Tito Livio Liceum (1994 – 1998)
      Milan, Italy
    Classical Studies including Greek and Latin
  • USMLE Step 1, 2CS, 2CK (October 2015 - August 5, 2016)
  • Medical Licensing Exam (July 2007)
      Milan, Italy
  • Lyla Nsouli foundation Brain Cancer Research Grant (2015)
  • Bear Necessities Pediatric Cancer Foundation fellowship (2014)
  • Child Health ResearchInstitute (CHRI) Grant Support Award (2013)
  • Deans Postdoctoral Fellowship (Stanford University) (2013)
  • American Italian Cancer Foundation (AICF) fellowship (not accepted) (2013)

M.H.A. Jansen*, T. Lagerweij*, A.C.P. Sewing*, D.J. Vugts, D.G. van Vuurden, C.F.M. Molthoff, V. Caretti , S.J.E. Veringa, N. Petersen, A.M. Carcaboso, D.P. Noske, W.P. Vandertop, P. Wesseling, G.A.M.S. van Dongen, G.J.L. Kaspers, E. Hulleman. Bevacizumab targeting diffuse intrinsic pontine glioma: results of 89Zr-bevacizumab PET imaging in brain tumor models. Mol Cancer Ther (Sept 2016). 15(9):2166-74.
H.S. Venkatesh*, T.B. Johung*, V. Caretti* , A. Noll, Y. Tang, S. Nagaraja, E.M. Gibson, C.W. Mount, J. Polepalli, S.S. Mitra, P.J. Woo, R.C. Malenka, H. Vogel, M. Bredel, P. Mallick, M. Monje. Neuronal Activity Promotes Glioma Growth through Neuroligin-3 Secretion. Cell (May 2015). 161(4): 803816.
A.C.P. Sewing*, V. Caretti* , T. Lagerweij*, P. Schellen, M.H.A. Jansen, D.G. van Vuurden, S. Idema, C.F. Molthoff, W.P. Vandertop, G.J.L. Kaspers, D.P. Noske, E. Hulleman. Convection enhanced delivery of carmustine to the murine brainstem: A feasibility study. J Neurosci Methods (Dec 2014). 238:88-94.
V. Caretti* , M. Bugiani*, M. Freret, P. Schellen, M.H.A. Jansen, D.G. van Vuurden, G.J.L. Kaspers, PG Fisher, E Hulleman, P. Wesseling, H Vogel, M Monje. Subventricular spread of diffuse intrinsic pontine glioma. Acta Neuropathol (Oct 2014). 128(4):605-7.
V. Caretti , C. Sewing, T. Lagerweij, P. Schellen, M. Bugiani, M.H.A. Jansen, D.G. van Vuurden, A.C. Navis, I. Horsman, P. Wesseling, W.P. Vandertop, D.P. Noske, G.J.L. Kaspers, E. Hulleman, H. Vogel, M. Monje*, T. Wurdinger*. Human pontine glioma cells can induce murine tumors. Acta Neuropathol (Apr 2014). 127(6):897-909.
E. Giovannetti, Q.Wang, A. Avan, N. Funel, E. Galvani, T. Lagerweij, D. Chiasserini, J.H. Lee, V. Caretti , A. van der Velde, U. Boggi, Y. Wang, E. Vasile, G.J .Peters, T. Wurdinger, G. Giaccone. Role of CYB5A in pancreatic cancer prognosis and autophagy modulation. modulation. JNCI (Jan 2014). 106(1):djt346.
A. Avan*, V. Caretti* , N. Funel*, E. Galvani, M. Maftouh, R.J. Honeywell, T. Lagerweij, O.V. Tellingen, D. Campani, D. Fuchs, H.M. Verheul, G.J .Schuurhuis, U. Boggi, G.J. Peters, T. Wrdinger, E. Giovannetti. Crizotinib inhibits metabolic inactivation of gemcitabine in c-Met-driven pancreatic carcinoma. Cancer Res (Nov 2015). 73(22):6745-56.
V. Caretti* , L. Hiddingh*, T. Lagerweij, P. Schellen, P.W. Koken,E.Hulleman, D. van Vuurden, W.P. Vandertop, G. Kaspers, D.P. Noske, T. Wurdinger. WEE1 Kinase Inhibition Enhances the Radiation Response of Diffuse Intrinsic Pontine Gliomas. Mol Cancer Ther (Dec 2012). 12(2):141-50.
V. Caretti* , M.H.A. Jansen*, D.G. van Vuurden, T. Lagerweij, M. Bugiani, I. Horsman, H. Wessels, P. van der Valk, J. Cloos, D.P. Noske, W.P. Vandertop, P. Wesseling, T. Wurdinger, E. Hulleman, G. Kaspers. Implementation of a Multi-Institutional Diffuse Intrinsic Pontine Glioma Autopsy Protocol and Characterization of a Primary Cell Culture. Neuropathol Appl Neurobiol (Jun 2013). 39(4):426-36.
V. Caretti , D.P Noske, W.P. Vandertop, G. Kaspers, T. Wurdinger. Pioneering Preclinical Research in Diffuse Intrinsic Pontine Glioma: Towards New Treatment Strategies. PhD Thesis (July 2012).
S. Idema, V. Caretti , M. Lamfers, V. van Beusechem, D. Noske, W.P. Vandertop, C. Dirven. Anatomical differences determine distribution of adenovirus after convection-enhanced delivery to the rat brain. PLoS One (October 2011). 6(10) e24396.
V. Caretti , I. Zondervan, D. Meijer, S. Idema, W. Vos, B. Hamans, M. Bugiani, E. Hulleman, P. Wesseling, W. Vandertop, D. Noske, P. David G. Kaspers, C. Molthoff, T. Wurdinger. Monitoring of tumor growth and post-irradiation recurrence in a diffuse intrinsic pontine glioma mouse model. Brain Pathology (July, 2011). 21(4) 441-51.
V. Caretti , D. Stoffers, A. Winogrodzka, I-U. Isaias, G. Costantino, G. Pezzoli, C. Ferrarese, A Antonini,. E-Ch. Wolters, J. Booij. Loss of thalamic serotonin transporters in early drug-nave Parkinsons disease patients is associated with tremor: an [(123)I]beta-CIT SPECT study. J Neural Transm (May 2008). 115(5) 721-9.

* Equal Contribution
  • Students Mentored
    • 2 Undergraduate, 1 Medical, and 2 PhD Students (Stanford University) (2013 – 2016)
        Stanford, CA
      • 1 Undergraduate awarded the Stanford Firestone Medal (2016)
    • 3 Masters Students (Master Oncology, VUmc) (2009 – 2011)
  • Courses Taught
    • Neurology (Osteopath School of Milan) (2005-2006)
  • Hospital das Clinicas, Neurology Department (August – September 2007)
      Belo Horizonte, Brazil
    From: International Federation of Medical Students Associations
  • Hospital Universitario Central de Asturias, Pnumology Department (August 2004)
      Oviedo, Spain
    From: International Federation of Medical Students Associations

  • SLIC Facilitator Stanford Leaders in Communication (June 2014)
       Stanford, CA
  • Best Presentation Award (November 2010)
    OOA (Annual Oncology Graduate School) Retreat
      Texel, The Netherlands
  • Travel Award (December 2007)
    WFN World Congress on Parkinson’s Disease and Related Disorders
      Amsterdam, The Netherlands
  • Brains & Bourbon Ep18 Rethinking Brain Tumors (Sept 2014)
  • Outside the tower. A night at the museum. Mention in Letter in Science (July 2014)
  • NDRI Research Nexus: Brain Donations Empower Researchers at Stanford University (Dec 2013)
  • Penguins & Pajamas Neurotalk at the Academy of Arts and Sciences (Sept 2013)
  • Oral Presentations:
    • DIPG Research Related:
      • International Symposium on Pediatric Neuro-Oncology (June 2012)
        2 oral presentations
          Toronto, Canada
      • Xth Dutch Pediatric Brain Tumor Group
        (KNOP & DCOG) symposium (June 2009)
          Nijmegen, The Netherlands
      • Barcelona DIPG workshop (February 2009)
          Barcelona, Spain
    • Parkinsons Research Related:
      • WFN World Congress on Parkinson’s Disease (December 2007)
        and Related Disorders
          Amsterdam, The Netherlands
  • Editorial International Meeting (1993 – 1999)
      Buntingford, United Kingdom
    The White House International Centre (Peace Child International)
    Financed by the United Nations.
    Artist-Editor and painter for the books:
    • ’Pachamama’ (1999)
    • ’Global Environment Outlook’ (1998)
    • ’a World in our Hands’ (1995)
    • ’Rescue Mission Planet Earth’ (1993)
  • International Children’s Peace Council (1993 – 1998)
    • Various educational projects on sustainable development and human rights in elementary and secondary schools.
        Milan, Italy (1996 – 2007)
    • Delegate in the Children’s Food Summit
        Rome, Italy (November 1996)
    • Delegate in the World Summit Children Project
        San Jose, Costa Rica (August 1996)

  • Being Scene, A. Hayes (November 2013)
      Stanford, CA
  • The Symphonic Body: Stanford, director A. Carlson (May 2013)
      Stanford, CA
  • Advanced Theatre Laboratory, director G. Bagnoli (October 2004 - February 2006)
      Milan, Italy
  • Advanced Stage for Actors, director G. Bagnoli (August 2005)
      Florence, Italy
  • ’Quelli di Grock’ Theater School, 1st and 2nd year (October 2002 - July 2004)
      Milan, Italy