Currently Funded ABTA Research Grants

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2015-2017 ABTA BASIC RESEARCH FELLOWSHIPS

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

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  • David Raleigh, MD, PhD University of California San Francisco, San Francisco, CA Mentor: Jeremy Reiter, MD, PhD Project title: "Investigating Gli2-mediated activation of Hedgehog target genes in medulloblastoma" In Honor of Susan Kramer

  • Hernando Lopez-Bertoni, PhD Hugo W. Moser Research Institute Kennedy Krieger, Baltimore, MD Mentor: John Laterra, MD, PhD Project title: "miRNA- based regulation of GBM propagating stem-like cells" In Honor of Joel A. Gingras, Jr.

  • Megan Muroski, PhD University of Chicago, Chicago, IL Mentor: Maciej Lesniak, MD Project title: "Dual Approach to Enhance Nanoparticle based treatments of Brain Tumors" Supported by the Bradley Benton Davis Memorial Foundation

  • Richard Phillips, MD, PhD Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center and Rockefeller University, New York, NY Mentor: David Allis, PhD Project title: "Mechanisms of oncogenesis in histone-H3 mutant pediatric glioblastomas" In Honor of Bruce and Brian Jackson

  • Sampurna Chatterjee, PhD Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA Mentor: Rakesh Jain, PhD Project title: "Improving immunotherapy of glioblastoma by enhancing vascular normalization" Supported by Humor to Fight The Tumor

  • William Flavahan, PhD Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, MA Mentor: Bradley Bernstein, MD, PhD Project title: "Metabolic Control of the Epigenetic Landscape of Glioblastoma Stem Cells" In Honor of Joel A. Gingras, Jr.

 

2015 ABTA 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.

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  • Amanda Garner, PhD University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI Project title: "Targeting the eIF4E-4E-BP1 Protein-Protein Interaction for the Treatment of Malignant Brain Tumors" In Honor of Farmer Bob Willis

  • Andrew Venteicher, MD, PhD Massachusetts General Hospital, Charlestown, MA Mentor: Mario Suva, MD, PhD Project title: "New diagnostic and therapeutic approaches in IDH1-mutant glioma propagating cells through single-cell transcriptome sequencing"

  • Braden McFarland, PhD University of Alabama at Birmingham, Birmingham, AL Mentor: Etty Benveniste, PhD Project title: "Exploiting Therapeutic Macrophages to Enhance Standard of Care in Glioblastoma"

  • Jennifer Yu, MD, PhD Cleveland Clinic, Cleveland, OH Project title: "Inhibition of Sema3C/PlexinD1/Rac1 Signaling Axis to Target Glioma Stem Cells"

  • Martina Malatesta, PhD University of California San Francisco, San Francisco, CA Mentor: Daniel Lim, MD, PhD Project title: "Long noncoding RNAs (lncRNAs): a new frontier for glioma research and therapy" In Honor of Paul Fabbri

  • Renee Read, PhD Emory University, Atlanta, GA Project title: "A YAP/TAZ inhibitor for treatment of GBM"

  • Santosh Kesari, MD, PhD University of California San Diego, La Jolla, CA Project title: "Antibody-Drug Conjugates as Novel Approach to Treat Glioblastoma"

 

2015 ABTA MEDICAL STUDENT SUMMER FELLOWSHIPS

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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  • Aditya Sengupta Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Boston, MA Mentor: Mariano Viapiano, PhD Project title: "Improving Antibody Delivery through the Blood-Brain Barrier to target the Glioblastoma Tumor Microenvironment" In Honor of Farmer Bob Willis

  • Jacob Miller Cleveland Clinic, Cleveland, OH Mentor: Samuel Chao, MD Project title: "Quality of Life Benefit after Gamma Knife Radiosurgery for Metastatic Brain Cancer" In Honor of Naomi Berkowitz and Farmer Bob Willis

  • Jaeho Hwang Dana Farber Cancer Institute, Boston, MA Mentor: Rameen Beroukhim, MD, PhD Project title: "Somatic Genetic Biomarkers of Bevacizumab Response in Glioblastoma Multiforme" In Honor of Grace Oliver and Farmer Bob Willis

  • Kristen Scheitler-Ring University of Missouri School of Medicine, Columbia, MO Mentor: Norman Scott Litofsky, MD Project title: "Radiosurgery to post-operative tumor bed for metastatic carcinoma versus whole brain radiation" Supported by Dropping the Puck on Cancer at Indiana University and in honor of Farmer Bob Willis

  • Maxwell Cooper Cleveland Clinic, Cleveland, OH Mentor: Justin Lathia, PhD & Michael Vogelbaum, MD, PhD Project title: "Targeting Myeloid-derived suppressor cells to inhibit immune suppression of the tumor microenvironment in glioblastoma" Supported by the Team Hope BT5K Team and in honor of Farmer Bob Willis

  • Michael Hadler University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill, NC Mentor: Ryan Miller, MD, PhD Project title: "Whole kinome glioblastoma" Supported by the Babes Against Brain Cancer BT5K Team and in honor of Farmer Bob Willis

  • Nickpreet Singh Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA Mentor: Steven Brem, MD Project title: "Diffusion Indices to Measure Neurocognitive and Neurological Function Before and Subsequent to Glioma Resection: Neuroplasticity and Brain Repair" Supported by Dropping the Puck on Cancer at Indiana University and in honor of Farmer Bob Willis

  • Panayiotis Pelargos David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, Los Angeles, CA Mentor: Isaac Yang, MD & Madhuri Wadehra, PhD Project title: "Targeting Epithelial Membrane Protein 2 for the Treatment of GBM" Supported by the Act For Alan Fundraiser and in honor of Farmer Bob Willis

  • Ramita Dewan National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, MD Mentor: Douglas Stewart, MD Project title: "High throughput genomic analysis of vestibular schwannomas in neurofibromatosis type 2" Supported by Team Survivor BT5K Team and in honor of Farmer Bob Willis

  • Vyshak Chandra Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, MA Mentor: Elizabeth Gerstner, MD Project title: "A pilot study to evaluate PBR PET as an indicator of inflammation in brain tumor patients treated with chemoradiation or immunotherapy" Supported by Dropping the Puck on Cancer at Indiana University and in honor of Farmer Bob Willis