The Brain Aneurysm Foundation Announces Ten Grants Supporting Brain Aneurysm Research

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The Brain Aneurysm Foundation has announced the recipients of its annual research grants. In 2012, The Foundation will award $200,000 in grants to ten individuals conducting scientific research directed at early detection, improved treatment modalities, and technological advances that will ultimately improve outcomes for patients with brain aneurysms.

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The Brain Aneurysm Foundation has announced the recipients of its annual research grants. In 2012, The Foundation will award $200,000 in grants to ten individuals conducting scientific research directed at early detection, improved treatment modalities, and technological advances that will ultimately improve outcomes for patients with brain aneurysms.

The grants will be awarded at the Sixth Annual Brain Aneurysm Foundation Research Grant Symposium on Thursday, September 20, 2012 at the Chase Park Plaza in St. Louis, MO. The Symposium will feature an address by Ralph G. Dacey, Jr., M.D., the Henry G. and Edith R. Schwartz Professor and Chairman of Neurological Surgery, as well as the Neurosurgeon-In-Chief of the Barnes-Jewish Hospital and Washington University School of Medicine.

The 2012 research grant recipients include:

  •     Christoph J. Griessenauer, M.D., Division of Neurosurgery, Department of Surgery, University of Alabama at Birmingham, AL. Dr. Griessenauer was awarded the Timothy P. Susco Chair of Research, a $25,000 grant to fund his research - Renin-Aangiotensin System Polymorphisms in Pathophysiology of Ruptured Cerebral Aneurysms and Development of Cerebral Vasospasm after SAH.
  •     Chad W. Washington, M.D., Department of Neurosurgery, Washington University School of Medicine, St. Louis, Missouri. Dr. Washington was awarded the Carol W. Harvey Memorial Chair of Research, a $25,000 grant to help fund his research - The Effect of Minocycline on Cerebral Vasospasm After Aneurysmal Subarachnoid Hemorrhage.
  •     Kamil W. Nowicki, MD-PhD Training Program, University of Florida College of Medicine, Gainesville, FL. Nowicki was awarded the North Shore University Hospital Brain Aneurysm Center Chair of Research, a $25,000 grant for his research project - Shear-Stress Inflammation in Cerebral Aneurysms: Targeting Endothelial Cell Dysfunction via CXCL1 Blockade to Prevent Aneurysm Progression.
  •     Irene P. Khan, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Department of Psychology, Villanova University. Dr. Khan was awarded the Combined Funding Grant from The Brain Aneurysm Foundation and My Green Eyed Girl, Cassandra Sophia Hill Chair of Research. It is a $20,000 grant for her research - Understanding and Enhancing Memory Monitoring in Confabulation: Evidence from Ruptured Aneurysm Cases.
  •     Kenji Shimada, M.D., Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of Anesthesia and Perioperative Care, University of California, San Francisco, CA. Dr. Shimada was awarded the Shirley Dudek Demmer Chair of Research, a $25,000 grant for his research - Protective Roles of Estrogen Against Rupture of Intracranial Aneurysms in Post-Menopausal Women.
  •     Brian P. Walcott, M.D., Neurosurgery Resident, Massachusetts General Hospital & Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA. Dr. Walcott was awarded the Step for Hope Chair of Research, a $20,000 grant for his research - In Vivo Discovery of Angiomodulatory Pathways to Target Brain Aneurysms by High Throughput Phenotyping.
  •     Michael Chen, M.D., Assistant Professor in Neurology, Neurosurgery and Radiology, Rush University Medical Center, Chicago, IL. Dr. Chen was awarded the Cynthia Lynn Sherwin Chair of Research, a $20,000 grant for his research - Timed Hormone Replacement Therapy for Women with Cerebral Aneurysms.
  •     Jinglu Ai, M.D., Ph.D., Research Associate, St. Michael’s Hospital, University of Toronto, Toronto, ON. Dr. Ai was awarded the Christopher C. Getch Chair of Research, a $15,000 grant for the research - Mechanisms of Inflammatory Factor TNFa Mediated Brain Injury after Subarachnoid Hemorrhage.
  •     Robert F. James, M.D., Assistant Professor of Neurosurgery, East Carolina University, Brody School of Medicine, Greenville, NC and Director of Cerebrovascular and Neuroendovascular Surgery, Co-Director Neuroscience Intensive Care Unit, Vidant Medical Center, Greenville, North Carolina. Dr. James received the Robert Simon Chair of Research, a $15,000 grant to help fund his research - Prophylactic Low-Dose Intravenous Heparin Infusion for Aneurysmal Subarachnoid Hemorrhage: A Double Blinded, Placebo Controlled, Randomized, Phase II Clinical Trial.
  •     Alim P. Mitha, M.D., SM, FRCSC, Cerebrovascular/Endovascular/Skull Base Neurosurgeon, Assistant Professor of Clinical Neurosciences and Radiology, Foothills Medical Centre, University of Calgary, Calgary, AB. Dr. Mitha received the The Dawn Brejcha Chair of Research, a $10,000 grant to help fund the research - A Bioabsorbable, Verapamil-Eluting Stent for the Treatment of Vasospasm after Subarachmoid Hemorrhage.

An estimated 6 million people in the United States have an unruptured brain aneurysm. Each year about 27,000 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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