Awards Update

The Tumor Section Awards Committee continues to develop the most robust award program for outstanding research of any of the AANS/CNS sections. Each year, we give 12 awards, plus one named lectureship at the AANS Annual Scientific Meeting and nine awards, plus one lectureship every-other-year, at the CNS annual meeting. Additionally, we offer three awards at our Biennial Tumor Satellite Symposia. Most of the awards are limited to Tumor Section members, providing an additional incentive for membership.

The AANS/CNS Section on Tumors extends its gratitude to the award sponsors for helping to encourage submission of the highest quality work in neuro-oncology.

The nine Tumor Section award winners at the 2018 CNS annual meeting, and the Gupta Award lectureship given at the SNO meeting, are shown below.

The section is looking forward to recognizing 12 award winners at the 2019 AANS Annual Scientific Meeting, as summarized in the table below. Congratulations!

Abhijit Guha Award and Lecture

Dr. Linda Liau, MD, PhD, MBA is the recipient of the Abhijit Guha Award at SNO 2018.

Dr. Linda Liau, MD, PhD, MBA, FAANS, is the recipient of the 2018 Abhijit Guha Award for her outstanding scientific contributions with clinical and research relevance in the field of brain tumors.

The Abhijit Guha Award and lecture are jointly sponsored by the Society of Neuro-Oncology (SNO). The award is given annually at the SNO and CNS meeting, alternatively. The winner is a physician scientist making great strides in the laboratory and clinical advances of brain tumors.

 

2018 Congress of Neurological Surgeons Awardees

American Brain Tumor Association Young Investigator Award

Dr. Wataru Ishida, MD, receives the American Brain Tumor Association Young Investigator Award at the 2018 CNS meeting from Dr. Gordon Li, Tumor Section I Moderator.

Dr. Wataru Ishida, MD, is the recipient of the American Brain Tumor Association Award given at the CNS 2018 meeting for the work entitled, In Vivo Synergistic Effect of Checkpoint Blockade and Radiation Therapy Against Chordomas in a Humanized Mouse Model.”

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.

BrainLab Neurosurgery Award

Mohana Rao Patibandla MBBS, MCh, receives the BrainLab Neurosurgery at the CNS 2018 meeting from Drs. Michael Lim and Gordon Li, Tumor Section I Moderators.

Mohana Rao Patibandla MBBS, MCh, is the recipient of the BrainLab Neurosurgery Award given at the CNS 2018 meeting for the work entitled Stereotactic Radiosurgery for Skull Base Meningiomas: 20-year Long-term Outcomes with Volumetric Analysis.”

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 Brain Tumor Award

Dr. Jeffrey P. Greenfield receives the Columbia Softball Charity Award at the CNS 2018 Annual Meeting.

Jeffrey P. Greenfield, MD, PhD, FAANS, is the recipient of the Columbia Softball Charity Award, presented at the CNS 2018 meeting for the work entitled, “Precision Sequencing Algorithm in Pediatric Neurosurgery.”

The Columbia Softball Pediatric Brain Tumor Award is given at each AANS/CNS meeting to the best pediatric tumor abstract submitted by a resident or faculty member who is a member of the Section on Tumors. The section would like to acknowledge previous Section Chairs Jeff Bruce, MD, FAANS, 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

Dr. Evgeniya Tyrtova receives the Integra Award at the CNS 2018 from Drs. Michael Lim and Gordon Li, Tumor Section I Moderators.

Evgeniya Tyrtova, MD, is the recipient of the Integra Award given at the CNS 2018 meeting for the presentation entitled “Meningioma with Multiple Drivers: Genomic Landscape and Clinical Correlations.”

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.

Rosenblum- Mahaley Clinical Research Award

Dr. Pascal Zinn receives the Rosenblum-Mahaley Clinical Research Award at the CNS 2018 Annual Meeting.

Pascal Zinn, MD, PhD, is the recipient of the Rosenblum-Mahaley Clinical Research Award given at the CNS 2018 meeting for the presentation entitled, ”Radiomic machine Learning Algorithms Discriminate Pseudo-Progression from True Progression in Glioblastoma Patients: A Multi-Institutional Study.”

The Rosemblum-Mahaley 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. Special recognition is given to innovative approaches and those that lead to improved patient outcomes and quality of life.

About twenty-five years ago, just after founding the 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 was not independently funded, it has been a hallmark of the Section. In 2018, Dr. Rosenblum and his wife Pam pledged funds to continue this award in perpetuity. The award was re-named the Rosenblum-Mahaley Clinical Research Award. The recipient is awarded a $1,000 honorarium.

Preuss Research Award

Dr. Ezequiel Goldschmidt

Ezequiel Goldschmidt, MD, PhD, is the recipient of the Preuss Young Scientist Award presented at the CNS 2018 meeting for the work entitled: “Cerebrospinal Fluid (CSF) Can Inhibit Wound Healing and Induce CSF Leaks by Inhibiting Angiogenesis.

Sponsored by the Preuss Foundation, the Preuss Research 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.

 

 

 

 

Journal of Neuro-Oncology Award

Dr. Joseph Paul Antonios receives the Journal of Neuro-Oncology Award at the CNS 2018.

Joseph Paul Antonios PhD, is the recipient of the Springer Journal of Neuro-Oncology Award, given at the CNS 2018 meeting for the work entitled, “Non-invasive Monitoring of Immunotherapeutic Responses in Glioblastoma using Novel Imaging Techniques.”

The Springer Journal of Neuro-Oncology Award is presented at both the AANS and CNS annual meetings to a highly-ranked abstract in either clinical or basic science, as related to neuro-oncology. This award is sponsored by the generosity of Springer. It carries a $1,000 honorarium.

AANS/CNS Section on Tumors Skull Base Award

Dr. Andrew S. Little receives the Stryker Neuro-Oncology Award at the CNS 2018 meeting from Dr. Michael Lim and Dr. Gordon Li, Tumor Section I Moderators.

Andrew S. Little MD, FAANS, is the recipient of the AANS/CNS Section on Tumors Skull Base Award, given at the CNS 2018 meeting for the presentation entitled, “Comparison of Volumetric Extent of Tumor Resection from a Prospective Multicenter Controlled Study of Fully Endoscopic vs. Microscopic Trans-sphenoidal Surgery for Nonfunctioning Pituitary Adenomas: The TRANSSPHER Study.”

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 Tumors Neuro-Oncology Trainee Award

Amar S. Shah is the recipient of the AANS/CNS Joint Section on Tumors Neuro-Oncology Trainee Award at CNS 2018.

Amar S. Shah, BS, is the recipient of the Synthes Skull Base Award, given at the CNS 2018 meeting for the presentation entitled, “The Impact of Intraoperative MRI and Other Factors on Survival for Patients with Newly Diagnosed Glioblastoma. A Multi Center Assessment of Over 800 Patients.”

The AANS/CNS Section on Tumors 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 is sponsored through the generosity of Stryker includes a $1,000 award certificate.

Tumor Section Awards Lectures at the
2019 AANS Annual Scientific Meeting

Congratulations to Dr. Linda Liau, who will be the Ronald Bittner Lecturer at the 2019 AANS Annual Scientific Meeting, during Scientific Session I Tumor, Monday April 15. She will be introduced by Dr. Manish Aghi.

Please join us for our awardee presentations!

Award Awardee Talk Title Date Time Session
AANS/CNS JS Tumors Skull Base Award Jacky Yeung, MD Targeting The CSF1/CSF1R Axis is an Effective
Treatment Strategyfor Malignant Meningiomas
04/16  4:31-4:40 p.m. AANS/CNS Section on Tumors I
AANS/CNS JS Tumors Neuro-Oncology Trainee Award Truong Do, MD CD200 Inhibition Enhanced the Anti-glioblastoma
Effects of Autologous Tumor Vaccination for In Vivo
Murine and Canine Glioblastoma models
04/15  3:10-3:19 p.m. Scientific Session I: Tumor
American Brain Tumor Association Young Investigator Award Rupa Juthani, MD Targeted Ultra-Small Nanoparticles as a Multi-Modal
Platform for Enhanced Drug Delivery to Primary and
Metastatic Brain Tumors
04/15  3:20-3:29 p.m. Scientific Session I: Tumor
Brainlab Neurosurgery Award Alexander Hulsbergen Receptor discordance in breast cancer brain metastases:
incidence and survival outcomes
04/17  3:59-4:08 p.m. AANS/CNS Section on Tumors II
Ronald L. Bittner Award on Brain Tumor Research Chibawanye Ene, MD, PhD Anti-PD-L1 Immunotherapy Enhances Radiation-
induced Abscopal Response in Glioblastoma
04/15  3:30-3:39 p.m. Scientific Session I: Tumor
Columbia Softball Pediatric Award Amanda Muhs Saratsis, MD Liquid Biopsy for Detection of Histone H3 Mutations
in Pediatric Diffuse Midline Gliomas
04/17  11:46-11:57 a.m. Plenary Session III
Integra Foundation Award Josh Lowenstein, MD 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
04/16  4:41-4:50 p.m. AANS/CNS Section on Tumors I
Journal of Neuro-Oncology Award Christopher Alvarez-Breckenridge, MD Evidence of CNS Response to Pembrolizumab for
Leptomeningeal Carcinomatosis at a Single
Cell Resolution
04/17  10:03-10:14 a.m. Plenary Session III
Leksell Radiosurgery Award Arthur Carminucci, MD Radiographic Trends in Cerebral Metastases Treated
with Gamma Knife Radiosurgery: Indicators for Early
Intervention for Post-Gamma Knife Failures
04/17  4:09-4:18 p.m. AANS/CNS Section on Tumors II
Preuss Research Award Maryam Rahman, MD, FAANS Modulation of temozolomide dose differentially affects
T cell response to immune checkpoint inhibition
04/15  3:50-3:59 p.m. Scientific Session I: Tumor
Rosenblum-Mahaley Clinical Research Award Peter Nakaji, MD, FAANS Surgically Targeted Radiation Therapy: A Prospective
Trial in 79 Recurrent, Previously Irradiated Intracranial Neoplasms
04/15  3:40-349 p.m. Scientific Session I: Tumor
Brian D. Silber Rafael Vega, MD, PhD Spinal Laser Interstitial Thermal Therapy: Outcomes and Lessons Learned from the First 100 Patients 04/15  2:59-3:04 p.m. Scientific Session II: Spine