Currently Funded ABTA Research Grants

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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



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



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



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 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 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