Basic Research Fellowships

Basic Research Fellowships are two-year, $100,000 mentored grants supporting postdoctoral fellows who are conducting laboratory or field-based research projects that focus on brain tumors. Fellows must have a lead mentor who currently conducts brain tumor research at the same academic institution. The mentor will help with scientific management and other research guidance to foster the applicant’s career advancement.

Basic Research Fellowship projects are pre-screened using a letter of intent (LOI), typically due in November of every calendar year. Invitations and instructions to submit a complete proposal are extended by email in early February, with an application due date of mid-to-late March.

Your research can make a difference

In 2010, the ABTA awarded a fellowship to Christian Grommes, MD at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center to study a rare brain cancer called Central Nervous System Lymphoma, which can be especially devastating when it recurs or doesn’t respond to initial therapy. Dr. Grommes’ work resulted in extending the survival time and changed the standard of care for patients with recurrent or refractory CNS Lymphoma.

He continues to work toward new breakthroughs for CNS Lymphoma and was recently awarded a Discovery Grant from the American Brain Tumor Association to study the role of the immune system in this rare tumor type.

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Mindee Plugues


Mindee J. Plugues, of Los Angeles, CA, is vice president, marketing for the Applebee’s brand and brings skills including brand strategy, executive leadership, and marketing to the board. Plugues has been an ABTA donor since April 2001, following her father’s passing from GBM. She is also a former member of the ABTA endurance program, Team Breakthrough.

Bob Kruchten


Bob Kruchten, of Mount Prospect, IL, is a sales manager at Extreme Reach, a leading advertising technology company. He has strong skills in communications and fundraising, and has been advocating for the ABTA for 19 years in tribute to his best friend, Paul Fabbri, who lost his 10-year battle with GBM in 1998. Kruchten accepted the ABTA’s Joel A. Gingras Jr. Award in 2015 on behalf of the Paul Fabbri Memorial Fund.