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July 14, 2017

Clinical Trials Roundup: July 2017

by Marlon Saria

Clinical trials involve the use of new therapies, current treatments used in an innovative way, or novel surgical procedures. We provide compassionate and state-of-the-art clinical care for patients with primary and metastatic brain cancers, stroke, and patients and families dealing with quality of life challenges.

Pacific Neuroscience Institute offers advanced and often life changing treatments for patients with primary brain tumors like glioblastoma multiforme, as well as patients with cancers that have metastasized to the brain from primary cancers such as breast, prostate, and melanoma. Studies in other neurologic conditions such as ischemic stroke provide insight into restoring movement and quality of life.

Clinical trials bringing novel therapeutics to patients are conducted through Saint John’s Cancer Institute and patients are treated at the neuro-oncology clinics at PNI located at Providence Saint John’s Health Center.


Primary Brain Tumor

Brain Metastases


  • SanBio / Sunovion: Use of modified stem cells in patients with chronic motor deficit from ischemic stroke
  • CancerLife: Mobile digital solution for cancer care and research
  • Family caregivers: Exploratory study of caregiver burden


  • Inspyr Therapeutics
  • ImmunoCellular
  • EpiCentRX
  • National Space Biomedical Research Institute (NSBRI): A study looking at preventing visual impairment in astronauts involved in long duration space flights to the International Space Station

For more information, please contact the Neuro-Oncology Clinical Trials Team at:  |  310-829-8265  |  clinical trials website

Achal S. Achrol, MD
Garni Barkhoudarian, MD
Daniel Kelly, MD
Santosh Kesari MD, PhD, FANA, FAAN
Steven O’Day, MD
Marlon Garzo Saria, PhD, RN, AOCNS, FAAN

Clinical Trials Team:
Najee Boucher, CRA
Jaya M. Gill, RN., BSN
Annie Heng, RN, BSN
Tiffany Juarez, PhD
Marlon Garzo Saria, PhD, RN, AOCNS, FAAN

About the Author

Marlon Garzo Saria, PhD, RN

Marlon Saria

Marlon Garzo Saria, PhD, RN, AOCNS, FAAN, is an oncology clinical nurse specialist and nurse scientist for the Inpatient Oncology and Caritas concierge suites at Providence Saint John’s Health Center in Santa Monica, California. He is an Assistant Professor of Neurosciences and Neurotherapeutics and Director of the Center for Quality Outcomes and Research at Pacific Neuroscience Institute and Saint John’s Cancer Institute. Dr. Saria serves in the Nurse Corps of the U.S. Air Force Reserve as a flight commander in the Aerospace Medical Squadron. He was inducted as a Fellow of the American Academy of Nursing in 2014.

Last updated: July 14th, 2017