Medical Professionals : BAF Research Grant Awards

In 2014, The Brain Aneurysm Foundation presented awards totalling $230,000 to the following grant recipients:

Hui Meng, PhD
The State University of New York at Buffalo
The Carol W. Harvey Memorial Chair of Research, a $25,000 grant awarded for: The Development of Blood-Based Biomarkers for Brain Aneurysm Detection.

Koji Hosaka, PhD
University of Florida
The Shirley Dudek Demmer Chair of Research, a $25,000 grant awarded for: Monocyte Chemotactic Protein-1 (MCP-1) Mediated Cerebral Aneurysm Healing: Cellular Mediators, Mechanisms and Downstream Actions.
The Maine’s KAT Walk & Karo-5K Chair of Research, a $20,000 grant awarded for: Inflammatory Mediator-Releasing Coil to Promote Cerebral Aneurysm Healing:  Modulating Inflammation to Induce Vascular Repair.

Andrew J. Baker, MD,  FRCPC
St. Michael’s Hospital
North Shore University Hospital Brain Aneurysm Center Chair of Research, a $25,000 grant awarded for: Safety, Blood Brain Barrier Permeability and Potential Efficacy of Etanercept for Aneurysmal Subarachnoid Hemorrhage.

Pina C. Sanelli, MD, MPH, FACR 
North Shore - Long Island Jewish Health System
Cynthia Lynn Sherwin Chair of Research, a $25,000 grant awarded for: Evaluating Microvascular Dysfunction as a Predictor of Delayed Cerebral Ischemia and Poor Outcomes after Aneurysmal Subarachnoid Hemorrhage.

Waleed Brinjikji, MD
Mayo Clinic
Step for Hope Chair of Research, a $25,000 grant awarded for: Effect of Systemic Administration of Simvastatin on Aneurysm Healing in a Rabbit Model.

Ivan Radovanovic, MD, PhD, FMH
Toronto Western Hospital, University Health Network
Timothy P. Susco Chair of Research, a $25,000 grant awarded for: Imaging Genomics of Unruptured Intracranial Aneurysms.

Hoyee Wan, MD, PhD candidate
St. Michael’s Hospital
Christopher C. Getch Chair of Research (sponsored by the CV Section), a $10,000 grant awarded for: Role of Microvascular Dysfunction in Mediating Blood Brain Barrier Dysfunction and Neuronal Cell Death after Experimental Subarachnoid Hemorrhage.

Brandon A. Miller, MD, PhD
Emory University
Karen M. Schurr Memorial Chair of Research, a $20,000 grant awarded for: Neuroinflammation and Synaptic Dysfunction after Subarachnoid Hemorrhage.

Jianping Xiang, PhD
The State University of New York at Buffalo
Dawn Brejcha Chair of Research, a $10,000 grant awarded for: A View: A Bedside Simulation Tool for Neurovascular Intervention.

Gustavo Pradilla, MD
Emory University
Kristen’s Legacy of Love Chair of Research, a $20,000 grant awarded for: Effect of Progesterone on Inflammation, Vasospasm and Early Brain Injury after Subarachnoid Hemorrhage:  Behavioral & Histopathological Outcomes in a Rodent Model.
 
The Brain Aneurysm Foundation awards $205,000 to the following
2013 research grant recipients:

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. 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. D’Abbondanza was awarded the Step for Hope Chair of Research, a $20,000 grant to fund her research - Genetic Determinants of Susceptibility to Complications of Subarachnoid Hemorrhage.

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 W. Harvey Memorial Chair of Research, a $15,000 grant to fund her research - Creation of a miRNA Panel for Detection of Patient outcome after Subarachnoid Hemorrhage.
 
 

 In 2012, The Brain Aneurysm Foundation Awarded Ten Grants Totalling $200,000 Supporting Brain Aneurysm Research

In 2012, The Brian Aneurysm Foundation awarded $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 were 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 featured 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 Brain Aneurysm Foundation gratefully acknowledges our Research Grant Symposium sponsors: Mayo Clinic, Thomas Jefferson University, Department of Neurosurgery, Aesculap, Covidien, Synthes, Barnes Jewish Hospital and Washington University in St. Louis Physicians.

We are grateful to our Research Grant Committee, comprised of Chairman Dr. Robert Rosenwasser of Thomas Jefferson University Hospital, Dr. Christopher Ogilvy of Massachusetts General Hospital, Dr. Sepideh Amin-Hanjani ofUniversity of Illinois at Chicago, and Dr. Robert D. Brown of Mayo Clinic, for their support, professionalism, expertise and dedication to the mission of The Brain Aneurysm Foundation.

The 2012 research grant recipients included:

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. Kan, 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. 

 

The Brain Aneurysm Foundation Awarded Eight  Grants Totaling $160,000 Supporting Scientific Research of Brain Aneurysms  on September 22, 2011 in New York, NY



In 2011, The Foundation awarded $160,000 in grants to eight 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 were awarded at the Fifth Annual Brain Aneurysm Foundation Research Grant Symposium on Thursday, September 22, 2011 at the New York Athletic Club.  Sponsored by the North Shore LIJ Brain Aneurysm Center and the Cushing Neuroscience Institute, the Symposium featured an address by Dr. L. Nelson Hopkins, Professor and Chairman of Neurosurgery, Professor of Radiology and Director of the Toshiba Stroke Research Center at the University of Buffalo. 

The Brain Aneurysm Foundation gratefully acknowledges our Research Grant Symposium sponsors: Mayo Clinic, Thomas Jefferson University, Department of Neurosurgery, Aesculap, Codman and North Shore LIJ Brain Aneurysm Center and Cushing Neuroscience Institutes.

The 2011 research grant recipients included:
•    William J. Mack, M.D., Assistant Professor of Neurosurgery, Keck School of Medicine, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA.  Dr. Mack was awarded the Carol W. Harvey Memorial Chair of Research, a $25, 000 grant to help fund his research - MRI Perfusion and Permeability and Matrix Metalloproteinase 9 levels:  Association with Cerebral Vasospasm Following Aneurysmal Subarachnoid Hemorrhage

•    Jinglu Ai, Ph.D, M.D., Research Associate, St. Michael’s Hospital, University of Toronto, Toronto, ON.  Dr. Ai was awarded the North Shore University Hospital, Brain Aneurysm Center Chair of Research, a $25,000 grant for his research Molecular Mechanisms of Memory Loss Following Subarachnoid Hemorrhage

•    Tomoki Hashimoto, M.D. Associate Professor, University of California, San Francisco, San Francisco, CA.  Mr. Hashimoto was awarded the Shirley Dudek Demmer Chair of Research, a $25,000 grant for his research - Pharmacological Prevention of the Rupture of Intracranial Aneurysm

•    Koji Hosaka, Ph.D, Instructor, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL.  Dr. Hosaka was awarded Annie’s Chair of Research, a $20,000 grant to fund his research - Aneurysm Healing and Vascular Repair: Modulating Inflammatory Process via MIP-1α and MIP-2

•    William Ashley, Jr., Ph.D., M.D., MBA Assistant Professor, University of Texas at Houston, Houston, TX.  Dr. Ashley was awarded the Cynthia Lynn Sherwin Chair of Research, a $20,000 grant for his research - Neuroproteomic Analysis of CSF-derived Microparticles in Cerebral Vasospasm Following Aneurysmal Subarachnoid Hemorrhage

•    David K. Kung, M.D., Resident, University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA.  Dr. Kung was awarded the Timothy P. Susco Chair of Research, a $20,000 grant to fund his research – The Role of Aspirin in Cerebral Aneurysm Formation and Rupture

•    L. Fernando Gonzalez, M.D., Assistant Professor, Thomas Jefferson University, Philadelphia, PA.  Dr. Gonzalez received the Robert Simon Chair of Research, a $15,000 grant to help fund his research - The Effect of Sequential Flow Diversion Stenting, with Pipeline Embolization Device on the Aneurysm Pressure

•    Dharam Persaud, B.Sc., M.S.B.E., Ph.D., Student, Biomedical Engineering,
Florida International University, Miami, FL.  Dr. Persaud was awarded the Danielle Elizabeth Bledy Chair of Research, a $10,000 grant to fund research on Novel Biodegradable Alloys Designed for the Treatment of Cerebral Aneurysms
 

In 2010 The Brain Aneurysm Foundation Awarded Seven Grants Supporting
Our Commitment to Invest in Brain Aneurysm Research


On September 22, 2010 in Orlando, Florida, The Brain Aneurysm Foundation awarded $110,000 in grants to
leading researchers at The Fourth Annual Brain Aneurysm Foundation Research Grant Symposium. Without the very
generous donations of our supporters, this would not be possible. We are grateful for the tremendous investment in research that will help to save lives made by our donors. The grants will fund research projects that will promote a better understanding of why this condition happens and identify those at risk before an aneurysm rupture occurs.

The Brain Aneurysm Foundation awards research grants for basic scientific research directed at early detection, improved treatment modalities, and technological advances that will ultimately improve outcomes for patients with brain aneurysms.

The 2010 Research Grant Symposium was jointly-sponsored by University of Florida’s College of Medicine and The Brain Aneurysm Foundation. The September 22nd event was hosted by Stephen B. Lewis, M.D., James and Newton Eblen Eminent Scholar in Cerebrovascular Surgery and Assistant Professor in the Department of Neurosurgery at the University of Florida. Dr. Lewis has an active basic science research interest in biomarkers of brain injury after aneurysmal subarachnoid hemorrhage and trauma and currently serves on the Medical Advisory Board for The Brain Aneurysm Foundation.

Guest speakers for the evening included Christopher Ogilvy, M.D. – Director of Endovascular and Operative Neurovascular Surgery at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston, Massachusetts and Rafael Tamargo, M.D.
– Director of Cerebrovascular Neurosurgery at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, Maryland.

The 2010 research grant recipients included:

Shirley Dudek Demmer Chair of Research - $25,000
Timothy Ellmore, Ph.D.- Instructor, Department of Neurosurgery - “Imaging Neurocognitive Sequelae of Ruptured
Intracranial Aneurysms” – University of Texas – Houston, TX

Cynthia Lynn Sherwin Chair of Research - $20,000
J. Javier Provencio, M.D. -Neurological Intensive Care Unit Doctor at the Cleveland Clinic Neurological Institute - “Timing
Neutrophil Inactivation to Prevent Vasospasm in Murine Model” – Cleveland Clinic – Cleveland, OH

Timothy P. Susco Chair of Research - $20,000
Justin Cetas, M.D., Ph.D.- Assistant Professor,
Department of Neurological Surgery - “The Protective Effect of
P450 Eicosanoids in Subarachnoid Hemorrhage”
– Oregon Health and Science University – Portland, OR

Combined Funding Grant - $15,000:
The Brain Aneurysm Foundation
Pepsi Refresh Challenge Grant Competition via Clint Dempsey
William Orthwein in memory of Anna Orthwein

Alessandro Veneziani, Ph.D.– Associate Professor of Math & Computer Science -“Computational and Statistical
Analysis of Brain Aneurysm Morphology and Hemodynamics” – Emory University – Atlanta, GA

Dawn Brejcha Chair of Research - $10,000
Steven Chang, M.D., Ph.D. – Professor in Neuroscienes, Stanford Medicine - “Identification of Genetic Indicators
to Predict Cerebral Vasospasm Following Subarachnoid Hemorrhage” – Stanford University – Stanford, CA

Roseann Donato Chair of Research - $10,000
David Frakes, Ph.D.– Assistant Professor, Arizona State University - “Fluid Dynamic Optimization of Endovascular
Treatment of Cerebral Aneurysms”– Barrow Neurological Institute – Phoenix, AZ

North Shore University Hospital, Brain Aneurysm Center Chair of Research - $10,000
Mohammed Sabri, H.BSc, Ph.D. Candidate – Division of Neurosurgery - “eNOS Uncoupling as a Potential Target for
Treatment of Delayed Cerebral Ichemia After Subarachnoid Hemorrhage” – St. Michael’s Hospital – Toronto, ON

Pictured above: Dr. Rafael Tamargo, Dr. Christopher Ogilvy, Christine Buckley,
Dr. Robert Rosenwasser, Dr. Stephen Lewis

Research Grants in 2009

In 2009, The Brain Aneurysm Foundation awarded six grants to fund basic scientific research directed at early detection, improved treatment modalities, and technological advances that will ultimately improve outcomes for patients with brain aneurysms. The Brain Aneurysm Foundation has become the world’s leading source of private funding of brain aneurysm research.

An estimated 3-6 million people in the United States have an unruptured brain aneurysm. Each year about 32,000 people in the U.S. will suffer a ruptured brain aneurysm. Over 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.

Each year, the Research Grant Committee, a team of world-renowned neurosurgeons from The Brain Aneurysm Foundation’s Medical Advisory Board, carefully reviews all the research grant requests from neuroscience leaders and determines which projects merit funding.

In 2009, The Brain Aneurysm Foundation awarded $145,000 in grants to leading researchers at the 3rd Annual Brain Aneurysm Foundation Research Grant Symposium. The grants were awarded on Thursday, September 17 in Chicago, IL.

The Doctors
Dr. Robert Rosenwasser, Dr. Hunt Batjer, Dr. Robert Brown, and
Dr. Fernando Vinuela at the 3rd Annual Research Grant Symposium.

The 2009 Research Grant Symposium was jointly-sponsored by Northwestern University's Feinberg School of Medicine and the Brain Aneurysm Foundation. The September 17th event was hosted by Robert Rosenwasser, M.D., FACS, Professor of Radiology and Neurosurgery at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital. Dr. Rosenwasser was the Chairman of the 2009 Research Grant Committee.

The course director for this program was Hunt Batjer, M.D.,who is the Michael J. Marchese Professor of Neurosurgery and Chairman of the Department of Neurological Surgery at Northwestern University's Feinberg School of Medicine and Chairman of the Department of Neurological Surgery at Northwestern Memorial Hospital. Guest speakers for the evening included:

  • Robert Brown, M.D.- Chair, Neurology Department at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota
  • Fernando Vinuela, M.D.- Professor of Radiology, Director, Interventional Neuroradiology Division Department of Radiological Sciences Ronald Reagan at UCLA Medical Center in Los Angeles, California

The 2009 research grant recipients included:

  • Brian Hoh, M.D. - $40,000 Anna Orthwein Chair of Research - "Inflammation and Cerebral Aneurysms: Therapeutic Targets for Modulation and Vascular Repair"- McKnight Brain Institute - Gainesville, Florida
  • Gregory Zipfel, M.D., - $40,000 Anna Orthwein Chair of Research - "Endogenous Protective Mechanisms Against Cerebral Vasospasm" - Washington University in St. Louis, MO
  • Byung Hee Han, PhD - $20,000 Shirley Dudek Demmer Chair of Research - "Matrix Metalloproteinase - 9 in Neurovascular Dysfunction Following Subarachnoid Hemorrhage" - Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri
  • Michael Stiefel, M.D. - $20,000 Timothy Susco Chair of Research - "Characterization of the Relative Roles of Coagulation and Cerebral Vasospasm in Neuronal Injury following SAH" - University of Pennsylvania
  • Tom Schweizer, M.D. - $15,000 Cynthia Sherwin Chair of Research - "Neurocognitive, Neuroimaging, and Functional Profile of Patients after Aneurismal Subarachnoid Hemorrhage" - St. Michael's Hospital - Toronto, Canada
  • G. Edward Vates, M.D.- $10,000 The Brain Aneurysm Chair of Research - "Manipulation of Endothelial glycocalyx to improve microcirculation after SAH" - University of Rochester, School of Medicine - New York