Tumor Section Fellowship Award Update

The AANS/CNS Joint section on Tumor takes great pride in supporting and encouraging young investigators to innovate the field of neuro-oncology with bench research. In 2017, the AANS/CNS Joint Section on Tumor started a new Research Fellowship Award in collaboration with the NREF: the Andy T. Parsa Research Fellowship Award. This is given to the top scoring Research Grant or Young Investigator research proposal on brain tumors submitted to the NREF with a $50,000 annual grant.

The Andrew T. Parsa 2020-21 Research Fellowship Grant awardee is Victoria E. Clark, MD, PhD, of Massachusetts General Hospital, with a research project entitled “Characterizing Recurrent RNA Polymerase II Meningioma Driver Mutations.” Dr. Clark’s sponsor is Richard A. Young, PhD. The Andrew T. Parsa Research Fellowship Grant awardee will be presented with a plaque at the AANS Annual Meeting and given the possibility to present their research during the CNS 2021 Tumor Session.

Additionally, in collaboration with the NREF, our section continues to award Research Fellowship Grants or Young Clinician Investigator Awards to research proposals on brain tumors submitted to the NREF. This year, two $40,000 awards will be given.

The AANS/CNS Section on Tumors & NREF 2020-21 Research Fellowship Grant awards will be given to:

  • Matei A. Banu, MD, of Columbia University for a research project entitled: “Leveraging metabolic vulnerabilities of cell populations in the glioma microenvironment to trigger ferroptotic cell death and immune response in GBM.” Dr. Banu’s sponsor is Jeffrey N. Bruce, MD, FAANS.
  • Ramin A. Morshed, MD, of University of California, San Francisco, for a research project entitled “Identification of genes mediating brain-tropism in a syngeneic model of metastatic breast cancer.” Dr. Morshed’s sponsor is Manish K. Aghi, MD, PhD, FAANS.

Of note, a $50,000 Research Fellowship Grant is also given each year by B*CURED, a private foundation, in collaboration with NREF. The B*CURED/NREF 2020-21 Research Fellowship Grant is on-hold for this year.

Previous Andy T. Parsa Awardees

2019-2020

Benjamin T. Himes, MD, Mayo Clinic

  • Project Title: Extracellular vesicle-mediated immunosuppression in glioblastoma
  • Sponsor: Ian F. Parney, MD, PhD, FAANS

2018-2019

Teddy Kim, MD, Wake Forest School of Medicine

  • Project Title: VSV-LASV as oncolytic virus therapy for glioblastoma
  • Sponsor: Douglas Lyles, PhD

2017-2018

Darryl Lau, MD, University of California San Francisco

  • Project Title: The Role of c-Met/ß1-integrin Complex Formation in the Establishment of Brain Metastases
  • Sponsor: Manish K. Aghi, MD, PhD, FAANS
Teddy Kim, Andrew T. Parsa Fellowship Awardee 2018-2019 presented a summary of his research entitled: “VSV-LASV as oncolytic virus therapy for glioblastoma” at the CNS 2019 and his acknowledged by Dr. Walavan Sivakumar, CNS 2019 AANS/CNS Joint Section on Tumor Scientific Program co-chair.

We strongly encourage our Tumor section members to apply to the NREF for 2021! Applications will be available on September 1, 2020, with submission deadline on November 1, 2020.