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Produced in the Office of Medical Public Affairs. Volume XXXVIII, Number 1. Outlook (ISSN 1042-2897) is published quarterly by the Washington University School of Medicine at 4444 Forest Park Ave., Campus Box 8508, St. Louis, MO 63108.


Straight “A” student Lindsay Upschulte of Sparta IL has neurofibromatosis (NF1), an inherited disorder that predisposes patients to certain types of brain tumors. Lindsay, who is legally blind, plays piano on a braille keyboard and has participated in trampoline and tumbling events at national meets and the Junior Olympics. Predisposition disorders like NF1 provide clues for research into the basic science of brain cancer, allowing clinician-scientists like David H. Gutmann, MD, PhD, to develop better treatments for these debilitating tumors. Learn more

The Shape of Things to Come
A team of surgeons works to remove, reshape and reconstruct the cranium of a 4-month-old baby.

Neuro-oncology Fingerprints
Successful diagnosis and treatment of brain cancer requires equal parts clinical, laboratory and surgical expertise.

A Difficult Age for Diabetes
The teenager's quest for independence is at odds with a chronic condition.

Medicine Shop
Staff at the School of Medicine's machine shop turn ideas into reality using an eclectic array of materials.