Currently Funded ABTA Research Grants

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2017 – 2019 ABTA RESEARCH COLLABORATION GRANTS

The American Brain Tumor Association Research Collaboration Grant is a two-year grant that supports a multi-PI, multi-disciplinary project that can accelerate advances in the understanding and treatment of brain tumors through collaborative team science.

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    • Catherine Flores, PhD University of Florida, Gainesville, FL
    • Co-PI: Robert Wechsler-Reya, PhD Sanford-Burnham Medical Research Institute
    • Project title: "Evaluating the use of hematopoietic stem cells in overcoming immunosuppression within the brain tumor microenvironment" Supported by an anonymous donor

    • Benjamin Ellingson, PhD University of California, Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA
    • Co-PI: Elizabeth Gerstner, MD Massachusetts General Hospital
    • Project title: "Validation of diffusion MRI as a predictive imaging biomarker for anti-VEGF therapies in recurrent glioblastoma" Supported by Humor to Fight the Tumor

 

2017 – 2019 ABTA BASIC RESEARCH FELLOWSHIPS

The American Brain Tumor Association Basic Research Fellowship is a two-year grant supporting postdoctoral fellows conducting brain tumor research under the mentorship of an experienced investigator in the field.

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  • Carmela Passaro, PhD Brigham and Women's Hospital, Inc., Boston, MA Mentor: E. Antonio Chiocca, MD, PhD Project title: "Evaluation of the effects of a new oncolytic herpes simplex virus expressing a single chain antibody against PD1 in mouse models of glioblastoma" In honor of The Bradley Benton Davis Memorial Foundation

  • Chirag Patel, MD, PhD Stanford University, Stanford, CA Mentor: Sanjiv Gambhir, MD, PhD Project title: "Hypoxia inducible factor-1alpha and sirtuin inhibition in glioblastoma in conjunction with tumor treating fields" Supported by the Ryan J. Hanrahan Memorial

  • Chloe Najac, PhD University of California, San Francisco, San Francisco, CA Mentor: Sabrina Ronen, PhD Project title: "Metabolic imaging biomarkers of response to treatment with a dual isocitrate dehydrogenase 1 inhibitor in glioma" In memory of Joel A. Gingras, Jr.

  • Hanna Sabelström, PhD University of California, San Francisco, San Francisco, CA Mentor: Anders Persson, PhD Project title: "A novel pressure-reducing therapy to abrogate tumor invasiveness and immune infiltration in glioblastoma" In memory of Joel A. Gingras, Jr.

  • Peng Zhang, PhD Northwestern University, Chicago, IL Mentor: Maciej Lesniak, MD, MHCM, FAANS Project title: "Intelligent nanotherapeutics enable targeted synergistic therapy against glioblastoma" In honor of Team KBC

 

2017 ABTA DISCOVERY GRANTS

The American Brain Tumor Association Discovery Grant is a one-year award supporting high risk/high impact projects that have the potential to change current diagnostic or treatment paradigms for either adult or pediatric brain tumors.

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  • Cigall Kadoch, PhD Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA Mentor: Keith Ligon, MD, PhD Project title: "Targeting Oncogenic Chromatin Remodeling in SMARCE1-Deficient Clear Cell Meningioma" In honor of the Michelle Miller family

  • Elena Pentsova, MD Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, New York, NY Project title: "Developing a “liquid biopsy” paradigm to improve outcome in patients with gliomas" In memory of Paul Fabbri

  • Ilwoo Park, PhD Chonnam National University, Gwangju, South Korea Mentor: Shin Jung, MD, PhD Project title: "Noninvasive assessment of treatment response for diffuse intrinsic pontine glioma using hyperpolarized carbon-13 metabolic imaging" Supported by an anonymous donor

  • Markus Siegelin, MD Columbia University, New York, NY Mentor: Peter Canoll, MD, PhD Project title: "Targeting Bcl-xL in IDH1 mutated gliomas" Supported by an anonymous donor

  • Michael Evans, PhD University of California, San Francisco, San Francisco, CA Mentor: Susan Chang, MD Project title: "Developing 68Ga-citrate PET/MR to distinguish viable tumors from pseudoprogression" Supported by an anonymous donor

  • Vijay Ramaswamy, MD, PhD Hospital for Sick Children, Toronto, ON Mentor: Michael Taylor, MD, PhD Project title: "Overcoming treatment resistance in very high risk medulloblastoma" Supported by an anonymous donor

 

2017 ABTA MEDICAL STUDENT SUMMER FELLOWSHIPS

The American Brain Tumor Association Medical Student Summer Fellowship (MSSF) program is a 10-12 week mentoring-focused summer program, intended to motivate talented medical students to pursue a career in neuro-oncology research.

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  • Alex Flores, BA University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill, NC Mentor: Ryan Miller, MD, PhD Project title: "Defining the dynamic response of glioblastoma kinomes to targeted kinase inhibitors" In honor of Superman Paul & His Sidekicks and Paul Hellermann

  • Josephine Volovetz, BA Cleveland Clinic Foundation, Cleveland, OH Mentor: Justin Lathia, PhD Project title: "Exploring the role of Serpin B3 as a cancer stem cell maintenance factor" In honor of Naomi Berkowitz

  • Melanie Babinski, DEC Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, MA Mentor: Priscilla Brastianos, MD Project title: "PI3K pathway mutations in brain metastases" In memory of Theodore F. Bohnert and in honor of Traveling Vineyard

  • Michelle Lin, BA University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA Mentor: Josh Neman, PhD Project title: "Microenvironmental contribution of the choroid plexus and cerebrospinal fluid in breast to brain metastases" In memory of Bruce and Brian Jackson

  • Sameer Halani, MS Emory University, Atlanta, GA Mentor: Daniel Brat, MD, PhD Project title: "Mechanisms of risk and disease progression in isocitrate dehydrogenase mutant astrocytomas" In honor of Susan Kramer