Currently Funded ABTA Research

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 2013-2014 Funded Research:


BASIC RESEARCH FELLOWSHIPS 

The American Brain Tumor Association Basic Research Fellowship is a two-year fellowship designed to encourage talented scientists early in their careers to enter, or remain in, the field of brain tumor research.

 

Priscilla K. Brastianos, MD
Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Boston, MA
Sponsor: William Hahn, MD, PhD
American Brain Tumor Association Basic Research Fellowship Supported by the Bradley Benton Davis Memorial Foundation

 

Yi-Hsien Chen, PhD
Washington University, St. Louis, MO
Sponsor: David H. Gutmann, MD, PhD
American Brain Tumor Association Basic Research Fellowship

 

Arthur Chou, MD, PhD
David Geffen School of Medicine at University of California Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA
Sponsor: Linda M. Liau, MD, PhD
American Brain Tumor Association Basic Research Fellowship Supported by Mr. & Mrs. William L. Jackson in Honor of Bruce Jackson

 

Jane Engler, PhD
University of California San Francisco, San Francisco, CA
Sponsor: Joanna Phillips, MD, PhD
American Brain Tumor Association Basic Research Fellowship in Honor of Joel A. Gingras, Jr.

 

Forrest Kievit, PhD
University of Washington, Seattle, WA
Sponsor: Richard Ellenbogen, MD, FACS
American Brain Tumor Association Basic Research Fellowship

 

Lori Mainwaring Ramkissoon, PhD
Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Boston, MA
Sponsor: Keith Ligon, MD, PhD
American Brain Tumor Association Basic Research Fellowship in Honor of Joel A. Gingras, Jr.

 

Braden C. McFarland, PhD
University of Alabama at Birmingham, Birmingham, AL
Sponsor: Etty (Tika) N. Benveniste, PhD
American Brain Tumor Association Basic Research Fellowship in Honor of Paul Fabbri

 

Chad Myskiw, PhD
The Salk Institute for Biological Studies, San Diego, CA
Sponsor: Inder M. Verma, PhD
American Brain Tumor Association Basic Research Fellowship Supported by the GBM Research Fund

 

Sujan Piya, PhD
University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, TX
Sponsor: Juan Fueyo, MD
American Brain Tumor Association Basic Research Fellowship Supported by Stephen M. Coffman Charitable Trust

 

James Purzner, MD
Stanford University, Stanford, CA
Sponsor: Matthew Scott, PhD
American Brain Tumor Association Basic Research Fellowship

 

Stefanie Robel, PhD
University of Alabama at Birmingham, Birmingham, AL
Sponsor: Harald Sontheimer, PhD
American Brain Tumor Association Basic Research Fellowship

 

Wendy See, PhD
University of California San Francisco, San Francisco, CA
Sponsor: Russell Pieper, PhD
American Brain Tumor Association Basic Research Fellowship Supported by the Pray for Gray Foundation

 

An-Chi Tien, PhD
University of California San Francisco, San Francisco, CA
Sponsor: David H. Rowitch, MD, PhD
American Brain Tumor Association Basic Research Fellowship

 

Jill Wykosky, PhD
Ludwig Institute for Cancer Research, La Jolla, CA
Sponsors: Webster Cavenee, PhD and Frank Furnari, PhD
American Brain Tumor Association Basic Research Fellowship

 

Xuanhua Xie, PhD
University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, Dallas, TX
Sponsor: Luis Parada, PhD
American Brain Tumor Association Basic Research Fellowship

 

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TRANSLATIONAL GRANTS 

The American Brain Tumor Association Translational Grant is a one year award for pre-clinical research that critically evaluates the diagnostic and/or therapeutic potential of recent discoveries for advancement to clinical application.

 

Markus Siegelin, MD
Columbia University, New York, NY
“CP-d/n-ATF5 in Combination with Proapoptotic Agonists as a Novel Potent Treatment for Malignant Glioma”
American Brain Tumor Association Translational Grant

 

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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.

 

Henk M. De Feyter, PhD
Yale University, New Haven, CT
“13C Magnetic Resonance Spectroscopy (MRS) Methods for Quantitative in vivo Measurement of Brain Tumor Metabolism”
American Brain Tumor Association Discovery Grant

 

Stacy McCarty, MD
Rehabilitation Institution of Chicago, Chicago, IL
“The Outcomes and Cost of Day Rehabilitation in Malignant Brain Tumor Patients”
American Brain Tumor Association Discovery Grant

 

Rajesh Mukthavaram, PhD
Moores Cancer Center, University of California San Diego, La Jolla, CA
“Identification of Potential Olig2 Inhibitors for the Treatment of Glioblastoma”
American Brain Tumor Association Discovery Grant

 

Maria Sambade, PhD
Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill, NC
“Analysis of BRAF Mutant Inhibitor and PARP Inhibitor Combination as Radiosensitizer”
American Brain Tumor Association Discovery Grant

 

Derek Wainwright, PhD
The University of Chicago, Chicago, IL
“Tryptophan Catabolites in Glioma: Relevance to Diagnostics and Immunotherapeutics”
American Brain Tumor Association Discovery Grant

 

Qian Xie, MD, PhD
Van Andel Research Institute, Grand Rapids, MI
“Identifying Genomic Determinants and Signature of MET-Targeted Therapy in Glioblastoma”
American Brain Tumor Association Discovery Grant

 

Kyuson Yun, PhD
The Jackson Laboratory, Bar Harbor, ME
“Predicting Therapy Resistance Based on Cancer Stem Cell Phenotypes”
American Brain Tumor Association Discovery Grant

 

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MEDICAL STUDENT SUMMER FELLOWSHIPS 

The American Brain Tumor Association Medical Student Summer Fellowship program is a three month mentoring-focused summer program intended to motivate talented medical students to pursue a career in neuro-oncology research. Recipients of the 2013 summer awards are:

 

Student: Thanapoom Boonipat
Sponsor: David Roberts, MD
Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center, Dartmouth College, Lebanon, NH
American Brain Tumor Association Medical Student Summer Fellowship Supported by the Barmore Fund

 

Student: Brandyn Castro
Sponsor: Manish Aghi, MD, PhD
University of California San Francisco, San Francisco, CA
American Brain Tumor Association Medical Student Summer Fellowship Supported by the Sinha Roy Family

 

Student: Matthew Li
Sponsor: Theo Palmer, PhD
Stanford University, Stanford, CA
American Brain Tumor Association Medical Student Summer Fellowship Supported by Dropping the Puck on Cancer at Indiana University

 

Student: Branavan Manoranjam
Sponsor: Shelia Singh, MD, PhD
McMaster Stem Cell & Cancer Research Institute, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada
American Brain Tumor Association Medical Student Summer Fellowship Supported by Dropping the Puck on Cancer at Indiana University

 

Student: Jason Pia
Sponsor: Chirag Patil, MD
Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, Los Angeles, CA
American Brain Tumor Association Medical Student Summer Fellowship In Honor of Jonathan and Charmain Fuentes

 

Student: Saman Sizdahkhani
Sponsors: Roberta Glick, MD and Terry Unterman, MD
Jesse Brown VA Medical Center, Chicago, IL
American Brain Tumor Association Medical Student Summer Fellowship In Honor of Beth and PJ Lukac

 

Student: Kailin Yang, PhD
Sponsor: Jeremy Rich, MD
Cleveland Clinic, Cleveland, OH
American Brain Tumor Association Medical Student Summer Fellowship Supported by Dropping the Puck on Cancer at Indiana University

 

Student: Caleb Yeung
Sponsor: Rani George, MD, PhD
Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Boston, MA
American Brain Tumor Association Medical Student Summer Fellowship In Honor of Wendy Herm

 

Student: Sarah Young
Sponsor: Zhi Sheng, PhD
Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute, Roanoke, VA
American Brain Tumor Association Medical Student Summer Fellowship In Honor of Jerry Badskey

 

Student: Michael Zhang
Sponsor: Samuel Cheshier, MD, PhD
Stanford University, Stanford, CA
American Brain Tumor Association Medical Student Summer Fellowship In Honor of Jennifer Lynn Keith

 

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SURVIVORSHIP 

Studies looking at the impact of a brain tumor diagnosis on the lives of patients, families and survivors.

Thomas Hardie, EdD, RN
Drexel University, Philadelphia, PA
“Latent Trajectories of Late Treatment Effects in Pediatric Brain Tumor Survivors”
ABTA/Oncology Nursing Foundation Neuro-oncology Nursing Small Grant

 

Sister Kenny Foundation, Minneapolis, MN
"Brain Tumor/Cancer Rehabilitation Intervention Effectiveness"
American Brain Tumor Association Quality of Life Grant

 

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BRAIN TUMOR FUNDERS COLLABORATIVE 

The Brain Tumor Funders' Collaborative is a partnership among the following private philanthropic and advocacy organizations: American Brain Tumor Association, Brain Tumour Foundation of Canada, Children’s Brain Tumor Foundation, James S. McDonnell Foundation, and the Sontag Foundation. Together, the Funders have supported three multi-million dollar projects and eleven biomarker feasibility studies.

 

ABTA/AANS/CNS YOUNG INVESTIGATOR AWARDS

These awards are a collaboration between the American Brain Tumor Association, American Association of Neurological Surgeons, and the Congress of Neurological Surgeons. These recognition grants acknowledge excellence in research performed by early career scientists.

 

 

INTERNATIONAL OUTREACH FELLOWSHIP

A collaboration between the American Brain Tumor Association, EMD Serono, and the Society for Neuro-Oncology, this one-year fellowship provides an opportunity for professionals from outside North America to perform clinical, translational or basic research in the area of pediatric or adult neuro-oncology in a clinical and/or laboratory setting in the United States or Canada.

 

Rahul Krishnatry, MD
Tata Memorial Center, Mumbai, India
Mentor: Eric Bouffet, MD
Host institution: The Hospital for Sick Children, Toronto, ON, Canada

 

 

BRAIN TUMOR EPIDEMIOLOGY CONSORTIUM (BTEC) JUNIOR INVESTIGATOR AWARDS

These awards support the research interests of early career epidemiologists by making it possible for them to present their work at the annual BTEC meeting amongst an international audience of epidemiologists.

 

Kyle M. Walsh, PhD
Division of Cancer Epidemiology
University of California, San Francisco, San Francisco, CA

 

Michelle Turner, PhD
CREAL- Centre for Research in Environmental Epidemiology, Barcelona, Spain

 

 

CENTRAL BRAIN TUMOR REGISTRY OF THE UNITED STATES (CBTRUS) GRANT

One of the primary objectives in ABTA’s founding, and continued support, of this registry is to ensure the distribution of data on the incidence (the number of people diagnosed each year) and the prevalence (the number of people living with a brain tumor in any given year) of both benign and malignant brain tumors. World-renowned epidemiologists and neuro-pathologists now lead the domestic and international initiatives put forth by this registry. We nurture the CBTRUS initiative with support for the printing and distribution of their annual report in recognition that this disease will be better understood once the true incidence of brain tumors is documented.

 

 

SPORE COLLABORATIVE FUNDING PROJECT

This initiative is a collaboration between the American Brain Tumor Association (ABTA), Accelerate Brain Cancer Cure (ABC²), the National Brain Tumor Society (NBTS) and the National Cancer Institute (NCI). Grants provided through this mechanism provide supplemental support to two clinical trials sponsored by NCI’s SPORE (Specialized Programs of Research Excellence) program.

 

John H. Sampson, MD, PhD, MHSc
Duke University Medical Center, Durham, NC

 

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