My name is Ann-Helen Liljensten, and I am the Tissue Navigator of the Monje Lab at the Stanford School of Medicine. I was born and raised in Gothenburg, Sweden, and moved to Colorado, USA in 1999 to work as a Registered Nurse in the neurology ward at Boulder Community Hospital.
I have since then worked in diverse healthcare settings such as University of Gothenburg Center for Multiple Sclerosis as a Clinical Research Coordinator and nurse, a Manager for Home health teams, and a Manager for dialysis clinics.
I joined the Monje lab in June 2023 and I am both delighted and grateful being part of such a great group of scientists. My role is broad and interesting, supporting Dr. Monje and her lab administratively, operationally and organizationally.
I’m immensely grateful to be involved in work that will have real world impacts for patients and families of those with pediatric brain cancers. Tissue donations are a valuable tool in our fight against these devastating diseases, and as a tissue navigator I’m excited to work with families and collaborators to help address current challenges in our understanding of these cancers.
A Simple Two-Step Process
For the family, once a decision has been made to donate, only two things are required. The first is written consent for the child to become a tissue donor, and the second is a single phone call to a tissue navigator at the time of a child’s death to initiate the process.