The Tumor Section Awards Committee continues to actively develop the most robust award program for outstanding research of any of the AANS/CNS sections. At the AANS Annual Scientific Meeting each year, the AANS/CNS Section on Tumors sponsors 12 Awards and one named lectureship, the Ronald L. Bittner Lecture. At the CNS annual meeting, we offer 10 Awards and one lectureship every-other-year, the Abhijit Guha Lecture. Additionally, we offer three awards at our Biennial Tumor Satellite Symposia.
The AANS/CNS Section on Tumors would like to thank the award sponsors for helping to encourage submission of the highest quality work in neuro-oncology. Most of the awards are limited to Tumor Section members, providing an additional incentive for membership.
The 12 award winners for the 2019 AANS Annual Scientific Meeting are detailed below. Congratulations to each awardee!
2019 American Association of Neurological Surgeons Awardees
Ronald L. Bittner Lecture
Linda Liau, MD, PhD, MBA, FAANS, delivered the Ronald L. Bittner Lecture at the 2019 AANS Annual Scientific Meeting on Monday April 15, 2019, opening the Scientific Session on Tumors. She was introduced by Manish Aghi, MD, PhD, FAANS, AANS/CNS Section on Tumors Chair.
In addition to the Ronald Bittner Award, the Bittner Family Foundation sponsors an annual Bittner Lectureship awarded by the AANS at its annual meeting. The lectureship is awarded to an established investigator and selection of the Bittner Lecturer is made by the Senior Scientific Program Committee of each AANS Annual Scientific Meeting.
American Brain Tumor Association Young Investigator Award
Rupa Juthani, MD, is the recipient of the 2019 American Brain Tumor Association Award for the work entitled: “Targeted Ultra-Small Nanoparticles as a Multi-Modal Platform for Enhanced Drug Delivery to Primary and Metastatic Brain Tumors,” presented during the AANS/CNS Section on Tumors I session on April 15, 2019.
Sponsored by the American Brain Tumor Association, the Young Investigator Award is given at the AANS and the CNS meetings to a young faculty member involved in neuro-oncology research who has demonstrated outstanding potential for future basic science research. The applicant must have been out of training for less than six years. A $2,000 honorarium accompanies this award.
Ronald L. Bittner Award on Brain Tumor Research
Chibawanye Ene, MD, PhD, is the recipient of the 2019 Ronald L. Bittner Award for the work entitled: “Anti-PD-L1 Immunotherapy Enhances Radiation-induced Abscopal Response in Glioblastoma,” presented during Scientific Session I: Tumor on April 15, 2019.
This award is endowed by Mrs. E. Laurie Bittner in memory of her husband, Ronald L. Bittner. It is awarded to the best abstract paper submitted to the AANS Annual Scientific Meeting on Brain Tumor research by a resident or a junior faculty member. This award includes a $1,000 honorarium.
Brainlab Neurosurgery Award
Alexander Hulsbergen is the recipient of the 2019 Brainlab Neurosurgery Award for the work entitled: “Analysis of mutations processes in 23 adult hemispheric diffuse gliomas identifies DNA damage repair deficiencies as a major contributor to gliomagenesis,” presented during the Scientific Session II: Tumor on April 17, 2019.
The Brainlab Neurosurgery Award is presented at the annual meetings of the AANS and CNS. This award is given to a neurosurgeon practicing in a nonacademic or international setting with the best abstract related to central nervous system tumors. Previous AANS/ CNS Section on Tumors chairs Michael McDermott, MD, FAANS, and Ronald Warnick, MD, FAANS, were instrumental in securing this award, given through the generosity of BrainLab. The award carries an honorarium of $1,000.
Columbia Softball Pediatric Award
Dr. Amanda Muhs Saratsis, MD, is the recipient of the 2019 Columbia Softball Pediatric Award for the work entitled: “Liquid Biopsy for Detection of Histone H3 Mutations in Pediatric Diffuse Midline Gliomas,” presented during the AANS Plenary Session III on April 17, 2019.
The Columbia Softball Charity Award is given to the best pediatric tumor abstract submitted by a resident or faculty member who is a member of the Tumor Section at each AANS and CNS meeting. The section would like to acknowledge previous section chairs Jeff Bruce, MD, FAANS, and Fred Barker, MD, FAANS, and Rich Anderson, MD, FAANS, for putting together the plan to use a portion of the proceeds from the annual tournament to support this award. The award carries an honorarium of $1,000.
Integra Foundation Award
Josh Loewenstein, MD, is the recipient of the 2019 Integra Award for the presentation entitled: “Genetic variation of recurrent low-grade and high-grade meningiomas is associated with clinical outcomes and progression-free survival: An analysis of 150 meningiomas with complete genomic sequencing,” presented during the AANS/CNS Section on Tumors I on April 16, 2019.
The Integra Foundation Award, sponsored by the Integra Foundation, is given at both the AANS and CNS meetings for the best research or clinical paper submitted investigating benign brain, spinal or peripheral nerve tumors. The award carries an honorarium of $1,000.
Leksell Radiosurgery Award
Arthur Carminucci, MD, is the recipient of the 2019 Leksell Award for the presentation entitled: “Radiographic Trends in Cerebral Metastases Treated with Gamma Knife Radiosurgery: Indicators for Early Intervention for Post-Gamma Knife Failures,” presented during the AANS/CNS Section on Tumors II on April 17, 2019.
This award, presented at each AANS Annual Scientific Meeting and started in 2009, is for the best paper on stereotactic radiosurgery related to brain tumors, given through the generosity of Elekta. The award includes a monetary component of $2,000.
Rosenblum-Mahaley Clinical Research Award
Peter Nakaji, MD, FAANS, is the recipient of the 2019 National Brain Tumor Society Award for the presentation entitled: ”Surgically Targeted Radiation Therapy: A Prospective Trial in 79 Recurrent, Previously Irradiated Intracranial Neoplasms,” presented during the Scientific Session I: Tumors on April 15, 2019.
The Mahaley Clinical Research Award is given at each of the AANS and CNS meetings to a neurosurgery resident, fellow or attending physician who submits the best clinical study in neuro-oncology. This year, the award was re-named as the Rosenblum-Mahely Clinical Award and is awarded to the best clinical study in neuro-oncology with special recognition to innovative approaches and those that lead to improved patient outcomes and quality of life. About 25 years ago just after founding the Tumor Section, Mark Rosenblum, MD, FAANS(L), established the Mahaley Clinical Award in honor of his friend and colleague, Steve Mahaley, MD, who was terminally ill at the time of the award’s inception. While this award is not independently funded, it has been a hallmark of the Tumor Section and the section funds it with a $1,000 honorarium at each CNS and AANS meeting. In considering his legacy, Dr. Rosenblum and his wife Pam would like to donate funds for the section to continue this award in perpetuity. He and Dr. Mahaley were very close friends. Dr. and Mrs. Rosenblum have committed to a $10,000 pledge every five years to fund these awards. The award carries a $1,000 honorarium.
Preuss Research Award
Maryam Rahman, MD, FAANS, was the recipient of the 2019 Preuss Research Award for the work entitled: “Modulation of temozolomide dose differentially affects T cell response to immune checkpoint inhibition,” presented during the Scientific Session I: Tumor on April 15, 2019.
Sponsored by the Preuss Foundation, the Preuss Award is given at each of the AANS and CNS meetings to a young scientist investigating brain tumors, within 10 years of training, who has submitted the best basic science research paper. This award has a $1,000 honorarium.
The Brian D. Silber Award
Rafael Vega ,MD, PhD, is the recipient of the 2019 Brian D. Silber Award for the work entitled: ”Spinal Laser Interstitial Thermal Therapy: Outcomes and Lessons Learned from the First 100 Patients,” presented during the Scientific Session II: Spine on April 15, 2019.
Established in 2015, this award is given to the best abstract related to vertebral column or spinal cord tumors at the AANS Annual Scientific Meeting. The section would like to thank the family of Brian D. Silber, who passed away in 1996 at the age of 28 from a malignant spinal cord tumor, for their generous support of this award. The award has a $1,000 honorarium.
The Springer Journal of Neuro-Oncology Award
Christopher Alvarez-Breckenridge, MD, is the recipient of the 2019 Springer Journal of Neuro-Oncology Award for the work entitled: ”Evidence of CNS Response to Pembrolizumab for Leptomeningeal Carcinomatosis at a Single Cell Resolution,” presented during the Plenary Session III on April 17, 2019.
The Springer Journal of Neuro-Oncology Award is presented at both the annual AANS and CNS meetings for a highly-ranked abstract in either clinical or basic science as related to neuro-oncology. This award is sponsored by the generosity of Springer. This award carries a $1,000 honorarium.
AANS/CNS Section on Tumors Skull Base Award
Jacky Yeung, MD, is the recipient of the AANS/CNS Section on Tumors Skull Base Award for the presentation entitled: ”Targeting The CSF1/CSF1R Axis is an Effective Treatment Strategy for Malignant Meningiomas,” presented during the AANS/CNS Section on Tumors I on April 16, 2019.
The AANS/CNS Section on Tumors Skull Base Award is given to a high-ranking brain tumor clinical or basic science abstract submitted by a resident or medical student. The award is presented at the CNS and AANS annual meetings and the senior author of the paper must be a member of the AANS/CNS Section on Tumors. This award carries a $1,000 honorarium.
AANS/CNS Section on Tumor Neuro-Oncology Trainee Award
Truong Do, MD, is the recipient of the 2019 AANS/CNS Section on Tumor Neuro-Oncology Trainee Award for the presentation entitled: “CD200 Inhibition Enhanced the Anti-glioblastoma Effects of Autologous Tumor Vaccination for In Vivo Murine and Canine Glioblastoma models,” presented during the Scientific Section I: Tumor on April 15, 2019.
The AANS/CNS Section on Tumor Neuro-Oncology Trainee Award is given to a high-ranking brain tumor clinical or basic science abstract submitted by a resident or medical student. The award is presented at the CNS and AANS annual meetings and the senior author of the paper must be a member of the AANS/CNS Section on Tumors. The award has a $1,000 award certificate.
Congratulations to the CNS 2019 Tumor Section Award Winners
The section is looking forward to recognizing the upcoming 10 awardees at the 2019 CNS Annual Meeting, as summarized in the table below.
Please join us for their presentations. Presentations titles, times and dates are below.
|Award||Awardee||Talk Title||Date 2019||Time||Session|
|Rosenblum-Mahaley Clinical Brain Tumor Research Award||Daniel A. Orringer, MD, FAANS||First in Human Phase I Trial of Dual Vector (HSV1-TK, Flt3L) Immunotherapy For The Treatment of Newly Diagnosed High-Grade Glioma: Initial Results||Monday, October 21||3:34-3:40 pm||Section on Tumors|
|BrainLab Neurosurgery Award||Hao Chen||A brain penetrating HSP90 inhibitor NXD30001inhibits glioblastoma as a monotherapy or in combination with radiation||Tuesday, October 22||4:03-4:09 pm||Section on Tumors|
|Journal of Neuro- Oncology Award||Matthew M. Grabowski, MD||Decreased Circulating Myeloid Derived Suppressor Cells at First Follow-up Predict Favorable Response to Immunotherapy in a Randomized Trial of Nivolumab and Bevacizumab in Recurrent GBM||Tuesday, October 22||3:33-3:39 pm||Section on Tumors|
|American Brain Tumor Association Young Investigator Award||Bryan D. Choi, MD||BiTE-armored CAR T cells overcome antigen escape from EGFRvIII- targeted therapy for glioblastoma||Monday, October 21||3:46-3:52 pm||Section on Tumors|
|Preuss Research Brain Tumor Award||Clark C. Chen, MD, PhD, FAANS||Immuno-stimulatory effects of mechanical and thermal high intensity focused ultrasound||Monday, October 21||3:52-3:58 pm||Section on Tumors|
|AANS/CNS JS Tumor Neuro- Oncology Trainee Award||Connor Liu||Combination Immune Treatment of a Highly Aggressive Orthotopic Murine Glioblastoma with Checkpoint Blockade Inhibition and Neoantigen Vaccination||Monday, October 21||3:40-3:46 pm||Section on Tumors|
|Integra Foundation Tumor Award||Karam P. Asmaro, MD||Candidate Regulatory Elements in Coding and Noncoding Regions are Associated with Invasive Behavior in Pituitary Tumors||Monday, October 21||4:04-4:10 pm||Section on Tumors|
|AANS/CNS JS Skull Base Surgery Award||Bledi C Brahimaj, MD||Dural Venous Sinus Thrombosis after Vestibular Schwannoma Surgery: The Anticoagulation Dilemma||Monday, October 21||3:58-4:04 pm||Section on Tumors|
|Columbia Softball Pediatric Brain Tumor Award||Jignesh Tailor||Recapitulation of Genetic Predisposition to Medulloblastoma in Human Neuroepithelial Stem Cells||Tuesday, October 22||3:51-3:57 pm||Section on Tumors|
|Leksell Radiosurgery Award||Matthew Shepard, MD||Stereotactic Radiosurgery with and without Checkpoint Inhibition for Patients with Metastatic Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer to the Brain: Matched Cohort Study||Tuesday, October 22||3:57-4:03 pm||Section on Tumors|