Scientific Advisory Council

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The American Brain Tumor Association Scientific Advisory Council makes research funding recommendations to the ABTA Board of Directors. Council members also advise ABTA as to scientific trends and new areas of research interest. All members of this prestigious council volunteer their services. 


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Tom Mikkelsen, MD, FRCPC

President and Scientific Director, Ontario Brain Institute

Ontario Brain Institute

Ontario, Ontario

Sarah J. Nelson, PhD

Margaret Hart Surbeck Distinguished Professor, Department of Radiology and Biomedical Imaging; Co-Chair, Department of Bioengineering and Therapeutic Sciences; Director, Center for Non-Invasive Imaging (CNIM) and Metabolomics and the Surbeck Laboratory of Advanced Imaging

University of California

San Francisco, California

Luis Parada, PhD

Albert C. Foster Chair, Director Brain Tumor Center

Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center

New York, New York

Corey Raffel, MD, PhD

Professor of Clinical Neurosurgery and Pediatrics, Department of Neurological Surgery

University of California

San Francisco, California

Jeremy N. Rich, MD, MHSc

Chair and Staff, Department of Stem Cell Biology and Regenerative Medicine, Lerner Research Institute, Cleveland Clinic; Professor, Department of Molecular Medicine, Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine at Case Western Reserve University; Staff, Brain Tumor & Neuro-Oncology Center, Department of Neurology, and Taussig Cancer Institute, Cleveland Clinic; Co-Director, Center for Stem Cell & Regenerative Medicine, National Center for Regenerative Medicine; Adjunct Associate Professor, Duke University School of Medicine

Cleveland Clinic

Cleveland, Ohio

Martine F. Roussel, PhD

Member, St. Jude Faculty, Co-Leader, Cancer Genetics, Biochemistry & Cell Biology Program; Endowed Chair in Molecular Oncogenesis; Professor, Department of Molecular Sciences, UT Memphis

St. Jude Children's Research Hospital

Memphis, Tennessee

Harald Sontheimer, PhD

I.D. Wilson Chair in the College of Science, Virginia Tech; Executive Director, School of Neuroscience, College of Science, Virginia Tech; Commonwealth Eminent Scholar in Cancer Research; Director, Center for Glial Biology in Health, Disease, and Cancer; Professor, Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute

Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute

Roanoke, Virginia

Stephen J. Tapscott, MD, PhD

Full Member, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center; Professor of Neurology, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center

Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center

Seattle, Washington

Michael Taylor, MD, PhD, FRCSC

Principal Investigator, The Arthur and Sonia Labatt Brain Tumour Research Centre; Senior Scientist, Developmental & Stem Cell Biology, Hospital for Sick Children; Associate Professor, Departments of Surgery and Laboratory Medicine and Pathology, University of Toronto

Hospital for Sick Children


Robert Wechsler-Reya, PhD

Director, Tumor Initiation and Maintenance Program

Sanford-Burnham Prebys Medical Discovery Institute

La Jolla, California

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