Currently Funded ABTA Research Grants

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The American Brain Tumor Association Basic Research Fellowship Grants are two-year grants supporting postdoctoral fellows conducting brain tumor research.

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  • Christopher Alvarez-Breckenridge Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, MA Mentor: Priscilla Brastianos, MD Project title: " Characterization of tumor and immune cell clonal evolution in response to immune checkpoint blockade for metastatic CNS disease" In Honor of Susan Kramer

  • Francisco Puerta-Martinez, PhD MD Anderson Cancer Center, 
Houston, TX Mentor: Juan Fueyo, MD Project title: "Targeting immunotherapy to gliomas and brain metastases enhancing oncolytic viruses with immune checkpoint modulation
" In Honor of Joel A. Gingras, Jr.

  • Giedre Krenciute, PhD Baylor College of Medicine, 
Houston, TX Mentor: Stephen Gottschalk, MD Project title: "Genetically engineered t-cells as therapy for glioblastoma
" In Honor of Joel A. Gingras, Jr.

  • Lan Hoang-Minh, PhD University of Florida, 
Gainesville, FL Mentor: Matthew R. Sarkisian, PhD Project title: "Investigation of the human glioblastoma ciliome
" In Honor of the Stephen M. Coffman Charitable Trust

  • Zhaohui Wang, PhD Duke University, 
Durham, NC Mentor: Hai Yan, MD, PhD Project title: "Investigating the impacts of PPM1D mutations on brainstem gliomagenesis and evaluating therapeutic efficacy for targeting PPM1D mutations in brainstem" In Honor of the Bradley Benton Davis Memorial Foundation



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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  • Peter LaViolette, PhD Medical College of Wisconsin
, Milwaukee, WI Mentor: Kathleen Schmainda, PhD Project title: "Brain cancer radiohistomics"

  • Anita Bellail, PhD Henry Ford Health System, Detroit, MI Mentor: Chunhai Hao, MD, PhD, FRCPC Project title: "Development of potent SUMO1 inhibitors as anticancer drugs for glioblastoma therapy" In Honor of Paul Fabbri

  • Jiangbing Zhou, PhD Yale University
, New Haven CT Mentor: Joseph Peipmeier, MD Project title: "A nanotechnology platform for systemic delivery of chemotherapy to malignant gliomas"

  • Josh Neman, PhD University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA Mentor: Thomas Chen, MD, PhD Project title: "Role of cerebellar microenvironment in medulloblastoma development"

  • Vivian Gama, PhD Vanderbilt University, 
Nashville, TN Mentor: Chin Chiang, PhD Project title: "Targeting Mcl-1 to disrupt glioblastoma stem cells

" In Honor of Joel A. Gingras, Jr.

  • Xi Huang, PhD The Hospital for Sick Children, 
Toronto, Ontario Mentor: Michael Taylor, MD, PhD, FRCSC Project title: "Targeting potassium channel KCNB2 in high risk medulloblastoma"



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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  • Abdul-Kareem Ahmed 
 Brigham and Women's Hospital, 
Boston, MA Mentor: Sean Lawler, PhD Project title: "Immune suppressive mechanisms of extracellular vesicles in glioblastoma treated with gene-mediated cytotoxic immunotherapy
" In Honor of Collegiate Charities Dropping the Puck on Cancer and Joggin for Jill

  • Adela Wu Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, 
Baltimore, MD
 Mentor: Michael Lim, M.D. Project title: "Elucidating the Mechanism of anti-PD-1 and BVH-4157 in Prolonging Survival in a Murine Glioblastoma Model" In Honor of Collegiate Charities Dropping the Puck on Cancer and The E-Rasers!

  • Patrick Flanigan University of California, San Francisco, 
San Francisco, CA
 Mentor: Manish Aghi, MD PhD Project title: "Role of monocyte chemotactic protein-1 upregulation in anti-angiogenic therapy resistance" In Honor of Collegiate Charities Dropping the Puck on Cancer and Race for Grace

  • Raymond Chang Weill Cornell Medical College Project title: "Synergistic Antineoplastic Activity of PI3K Inhibitor ZSTK474 and MEK inhibitor Trametinib on Diffuse Intrinsic Pontine Glioma Cells"

  • Tyler Lazaro Massachusetts General Hospital
, Boston, MA Mentor: Priscilla Brastianos, MD Project title: "Identification of Therapeutic Targets in Posterior Skull Base Meningiomas" 
In Honor of Collegiate Charities Dropping the Puck on Cancer and Naomi Berkowitz