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

"Combining Targeting of Tumor-Associated Macrophages/ Microglia and Radiotherapy in Gliomas"
American Brain Tumor Association Basic Research Fellowship in Honor of Joel A. Gingras, Jr.

Veronique Frattini, PhD
Columbia University Medical Center, New York, NY
Sponsor: Antonio Iavarone, MD

"The Role of CTNND2 Inactivation in Mesenchymal Glioblastoma"
American Brain Tumor Association Basic Research Fellowship Supported by the Stephen M. Coffman Charitable Trust


Forrest Kievit, PhD
University of Washington, Seattle, WA
Sponsor: Richard Ellenbogen, MD, FACS

"Pediatric Brain Tumor Gene Therapy for Overcoming Radiation Resistance Using Nanotheranostic SPIONs"

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

"Monitoring Brain Repair by Bioengineered Remyelinating Stem Cells using CEST MRI Reporter Genes"

American Brain Tumor Association Basic Research Fellowship in Honor of Joel A. Gingras, Jr.


James Purzner, MD
Stanford University, Stanford, CA
Sponsor: Matthew Scott, PhD

"Differential Regulation of Hedgehog Target Genes in Cerebellum Development and Tumorigenesis" 
American Brain Tumor Association Basic Research Fellowship in Memory of Emily Ann Dorfman

Stefanie Robel, PhD
University of Alabama at Birmingham, Birmingham, AL
Sponsor: Harald Sontheimer, PhD

"Pediatric Brain Tumor Gene Therapy for Overcoming Radiation Resistance Using Nanotheranostic SPIONs"
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

"Genomic Characterization of Spinal Cord Astrocytomas"

American Brain Tumor Association Basic Research Fellowship Supported by the Humor to Fight the Tumor Event Committee


Xuanhua Xie, PhD
University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, Dallas, TX
Sponsor: Luis Parada, PhD

" Investigating the role of cancer stem cells in a mouse model of glioblastoma"

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 Supported by the Race for Grace BT5K Event Team

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 Supported by the Humor to Fight the Tumor Event Committee

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 Supported by the Joggin’ for Jill, BT5K Event Team

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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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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