Currently Funded ABTA Research

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 2014-2015 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.

 

Leila Akkari, PhD
Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, New York, NY
Sponsor: Johanna Joyce, PhD
American Brain Tumor Association Basic Research Fellowship

Veronique Frattini, PhD
Columbia University Medical Center, New York, NY
Sponsor: Antonio Iavarone, MD
American Brain Tumor Association Basic Research Fellowship

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

Ethel Ngen, PhD
Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Baltimore, MD
Sponsors: Assaf Gilad, PhD and Piotr Walczak, PhD
American Brain Tumor Association Basic Research Fellowship

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 in Honor of Joel A. Gingras, Jr.

Ganesh Shankar, MD, PhD
Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, MA
Sponsor: Matthew Meyerson, MD, 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 in Honor of Joel A. Gingras, Jr.

 

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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.

 

Courtney Crane, PhD
Seattle Children's Research Institute, Seattle, WA
“Improving Natural Killer Cell Anti-glioma Immunity Using Chimeric Cytokine Receptors”
American Brain Tumor Association Discovery Grant

Jane Ishmael, PhD
Oregon State University, Corvallis, OR
“New Drug Discovery: Target Identification of Coibamide A”
American Brain Tumor Association Discovery Grant

Betty Kim, MD, PhD
Mayo Clinic Jacksonville, Jacksonville, FL
“Vascular Normalization by VEGFR Blockade Promotes Anti-CD47 Antibody-Mediated Phagocytosis and Growth Inhibition of Glioblastoma”
American Brain Tumor Association Discovery Grant

Chang-Hyuk Kwon, PhD
The Ohio State University, Columbus, OH
“A Novel Small-molecule Therapy to Improve Current Chemotherapy for High-grade Gliomas”
American Brain Tumor Association Discovery Grant

Casey Maguire, PhD
The Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, MA
“IL-13Ralpha2-targeted Multi-AAV Vector Delivery System for GBM Tumoricidal Therapy
American Brain Tumor Association Discovery Grant

Gangadhara Sareddy, PhD
The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, San Antonio, TX
Mentors: Andrew Brenner, MD, PhD and Ratna Vadlamudi, PhD
“Novel Differentiation Therapy to Target Glioma Stem Cells”
American Brain Tumor Association Discovery Grant

Atsuo Sasaki, PhD
University of Cincinnati, College of Medicine, Cincinnati, OH
“Targeting GTP-metabolism as a Novel Therapy for Malignant Brain Tumors”
American Brain Tumor Association Discovery Grant

Elias Sayour, MD
University of Florida, Gainesville, FL
“Engineered RNA Nanoparticle Vaccines Targeting Glioblastoma Multiforme”
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 10-12 week mentoring-focused summer program intended to motivate talented medical students to pursue a career in neuro-oncology research. Recipients of the 2014 summer awards are:

 

Student: Tej Azad
Sponsor: Samuel Cheshier, MD, PhD
Stanford Medical School, Stanford, CA
American Brain Tumor Association Medical Student Summer Fellowship

Student: Jennifer Kang
Sponsor: Cory Adamson, MD, PhD, MPH
Duke University, Durham, NC
American Brain Tumor Association Medical Student Summer Fellowship

Student: Constantine Karras
Sponsor: Balveen Kaur, PhD
The Ohio State University College of Medicine, Columbus, OH
American Brain Tumor Association Medical Student Summer Fellowship

Student: Edward Kogan
Sponsor: Michelle Alonso-Basanta, MD, PhD
University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA
American Brain Tumor Association Medical Student Summer Fellowship

Student: Philip Lee
Sponsor: Arabinda Das, PhD
Medical University of South Carolina, Charleston, SC
American Brain Tumor Association Medical Student Summer Fellowship

Student: Maya Madhavan
Sponsors: John Boockvar, MD and Imithri Bodhinayake, MD
The Feinstein Institute for Medical Research, Manhasset, NY
American Brain Tumor Association Medical Student Summer Fellowship

Student: Sam Sun
Sponsor: Albert Kim, MD, PhD
Washington University School of Medicine, St. Louis, MO
American Brain Tumor Association Medical Student Summer Fellowship

Student: Terence Verla, MPH
Sponsor: John Sampson, MD, PhD
Duke University, Durham, NC
American Brain Tumor Association Medical Student Summer Fellowship

Student: Nuo Yang, PhD, RN
Sponsors: Robert Fenstermaker, MD and Michael Ciesielski, PhD
Roswell Park Cancer Institute, Buffalo, NY
American Brain Tumor Association Medical Student Summer Fellowship

Student: Andrew Zureick
Sponsor: Torunn Yock, MD
Massachusetts General Hospital, Francis H. Burr Proton Therapy Center, Boston, MA
American Brain Tumor Association Medical Student Summer Fellowship

 

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QUALITY OF LIFE/SURVIVORSHIP 

Program or studies dedicated to the impact of a brain tumor diagnosis on the lives of patients, families and survivors.

Angel Foundation, Minneapolis, MN
"Emergency Financial Assistance Program"
American Brain Tumor Association Quality of Life Grant Supported by Humor to Fight the Tumor

HopeKids Minnesota, Eden Prairie, MN
“HopeDay Program of Events for HopeKids Minnesota”
American Brain Tumor Association Quality of Life Grant Supported by Humor to Fight the Tumor

Matthew Hunt, MD and David Darrow, MD, MPH
University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN
“Understanding and Improving Quality of Life Though a Wireless Activity Tracker”
American Brain Tumor Association Quality of Life Grant Supported by Humor to Fight the Tumor

 

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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.



ONCOLOGY NURSING SOCIETY

These quality of life and symptom management studies are supported through a collaborative relationship with the Oncology Nursing Society. The funded research explores the impact of a brain tumor diagnosis on the lives of patients, families and survivors.



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.



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 a clinical trial 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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