The Brain Aneurysm Foundation Grant Recipient Receives National Science Foundation CAREER Award

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Arizona State University Professor David Frakes has earned a National Science Foundation CAREER Award for his research of cardiovascular fluid dynamics and the impact on the onset, progression and treatment of major diseases such as heart disease, stroke and aneurysms.

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Arizona State University Professor David Frakes, a recipient of a research grant from The Brain Aneurysm Foundation, has earned a National Science Foundation CAREER Award. The recognition was awarded to Frakes for his research of cardiovascular fluid dynamics and the impact on the onset, progression and treatment of major diseases such as heart disease, stroke and aneurysms.

The prestigious NSF CAREER Award recognizes young engineers and scientists who demonstrate the potential to become research and education leaders in their field. The award will provide Frakes approximately $430,000 over five years to continue his research.

“We want to extend our congratulations to Dr. Frakes for being selected for the National Science Foundation CAREER Award,” said Christine Buckley, executive director of The Brain Aneurysm Foundation. “The research he is doing in the area of intracranial aneurysm treatment is exciting for the improvement of outcomes of patients who suffer from a brain aneurysm.”

Each year, The Brain Aneurysm Foundation awards grants to clinicians conducting scientific research directed at early detection, improved treatment modalities, and technological advances that will ultimately improve outcomes for patients with brain aneurysms. David Frakes was awarded a $10,000 grant as the recipient of the Roseann Donato Chair of Research in 2010. In 2011, The Foundation awarded $160,000 in grants to eight individuals across the United States.

An estimated 6 million people in the United States have an unruptured brain aneurysm. Each year about 30,000 people in the U.S. will suffer a ruptured brain aneurysm. About 40% of the victims will die and of those surviving, only a third will recover without disabilities. The Brain Aneurysm Foundation hopes to improve these tragic statistics and save lives by funding vital research and increasing awareness.

About the Brain Aneurysm Foundation
The Brain Aneurysm Foundation was established in Boston, MA on August 19, 1994 as a public charity. The Brain Aneurysm Foundation is the nation’s only nonprofit organization solely dedicated to providing critical awareness, education, support and research funding to reduce the incidence of brain aneurysm ruptures. The organization also provides education materials and awareness information to health care professionals and the general population, as well as providing support for patients and their loved ones.

The Brain Aneurysm Foundation relies on fundraising support from individuals and organizations to continue to fund education and research to promote early detection of brain aneurysms, which ultimately saves lives. For more information, visit: http://www.bafound.org.

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