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Twelve Early Career Scientists Selected to Receive ABTA Basic Research Fellowships and Discovery Grant Award

Chicago, IL (PRWEB) August 27, 2014

The American Brain Tumor Association is pleased to announce the recipients of the 2014-2016 Basic Research Fellowships and 2014-2015 Discovery Grant Awards. Through the funding of early career scientists, the ABTA is seeding the field with talented, bright young investigators who have the potential to change our understanding of the causes, effects, diagnosis and treatment of brain tumors. This years recipients were selected by a scientific committee based on the potential to advance the understanding and treatment of brain tumors.

The recipients of the ABTAs Basic Research Fellowships are early career scientists who have been identified as having the potential to be future leaders in the field. This two year award provides recipients the opportunity to be mentored by world-class scientists in renowned institutions, and have protected time in the laboratory to learn the research skills specifically needed in neuro-oncology. The 2014-2016 Basic Research Fellowship recipients are:

Leila Akkari, PhD
Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, New York, NY
Sponsor: Johanna Joyce, PhD
American Brain Tumor Association Basic Research Fellowship

Veronique Frattini, PhD
Columbia University Medical Center, New York, NY
Sponsor: Antonio Iavarone, MD
American Brain Tumor Association Basic Research Fellowship

Ethel Ngen, PhD
Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Baltimore, MD
Sponsors: Assaf Gilad, PhD and Piotr Walczak, PhD
American Brain Tumor Association Basic Research Fellowship

Ganesh Shankar, MD, PhD
Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, MA
Sponsor: Matthew Meyerson, MD, PhD
American Brain Tumor Association Basic Research Fellowship

The American Brain Tumor Association Discovery Grant is a prestigious one year award supporting cutting edge, innovative approaches that have the potential to change current diagnostic or treatment paradigms for either adult or pediatric brain tumors. The 2014-2015 Discovery Grant recipients are:

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

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

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

Casey Maguire, PhD
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

To learn more about the American Brain Tumor Associations research funding, visit http://www.abta.org/brain-tumor-research/.

ABOUT THE AMERICAN BRAIN TUMOR ASSOCIATION
Founded in 1973, the American Brain Tumor Association was first and is now the only national organization committed to funding brain tumor research and providing support and education programs for all tumor types and all age groups. For more information, visit http://www.abta.org or call 800-886-ABTA (2282).

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