Hanover, MA (PRWEB) August 30, 2013
The Brain Aneurysm Foundation has announced the recipients of its annual research grants. This 2013, The Foundation will award over $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 Seventh Annual Brain Aneurysm Foundation Research Grant Symposium on Thursday, September 12, 2013 at the Washington Athletic Club in Seattle, WA. The Symposium will feature an address by David Newell, M.D., Chief of Neuroscience, Swedish Neuroscience Institute.
The 2013 research grant recipients include:
- Yunxia Tao, Ph.D., Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center – Dr. Tao was awarded the Cynthia Lynn Sherwin Chair of Research, a $25,000 grant to fund her research - Pilot Study: Evaluate the Potential of using PKD1 Expression and Function Level as a Risk Marker for Intracranial Aneurysm Rupture.
- Michael McDowell, M.D., Columbia University – Dr. McDowell was awarded the Christopher C. Getch Chair of Research sponsored by the CV Section, a $15,000 grant to fund his research - Assessment of Aneurysm Rupture Risk: Candidate Susceptibility Genes for Subarachnoid Hemorrhage and Morphological Parameters.
- Ciaran James Powers, M.D., The Ohio State University – Dr. Powers was awarded the Robert Simon Chair of Research, a $15,000 grant to fund his research - Micro RNA Profiling of Aneurysmal Subarachnoid Hemorrhage.
- Teresa Santiago Sim, Ph.D., University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston – Dr. Sim was awarded the Dawn Brejcha Chair of Research, a $15,000 grant to fund her research - Investigating the Function of THSD1, a Novel Intracranial Aneurysm Susceptibility Gene.
- Kendall Van Keuren-Jensen, Ph.D., The Translational Genomics Research Institute – Dr. Van Keuren-Jensen was awarded the Carol Harvey Chair of Research, a $15,000 grant to fund her research - Creation of a miRNA Panel for Detection of Patient outcome after Subarachnoid Hemorrhage.
- Ricardo A. Peña Silva, M.D., University of Iowa – Dr. Peña Silva was awarded the North Shore University Hospital, Brain Aneurysm Center Chair of Research, a $25,000 grant to fund his research - Impact of Angiotensin 1-7 on cerebral aneurysm inflammation and rupture.
- Kamil W. Nowicki, B.S., M.D.-Ph.D. student, Department of Neurosurgery, University of Florida College of Medicine, Gainesville, FL. – Kamil Nowicki was awarded the Shirley Dudek Demmer Chair of Research, a $25,000 grant to fund his research - Role of Peroxisome Proliferator-Activated Receptor (PPAR) agonists in preventing aneurysm formation and rupture.
- Justin Caplan, M.D., Johns Hopkins Hospital – Dr. Caplan was awarded the Timothy P. Susco Chair of Research, a $25,000 grant to fund his research- Haptoglobin phenotype and clinical outcomes in patients with intracranial cerebral aneurysms.
- Chanannait Paisansathan, M.D., University of Illinois at Chicago – Dr. Paisansathan was awarded the Maine's KAT-Walk & Karo-5K Chair of Research , a $25,000 grant to fund her research - The Activation of S100 B / RAGE Pathway Mediates Subarachnoid Hemorrhage-Associated Vasospasm and Delayed Neurological Deficit.
- Josephine D’Abbondanza, MSc, St. Michael’s Hospital – Josephine D’Abbondanza was awarded the Step for Hope Chair of Research, a $25,000 grant to fund her research - Genetic Determinants of Susceptibility to Complications of Subarachnoid Hemorrhage.
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.