5 NEW Research Grants Awarded through National Brain Tumor Society (formerly The Brain Tumor Society, Boston)

The PLGA Foundation, in partnership with the National Brain Tumor Society, is pleased to announce the recipients of the 2008 PLGA Research Awards. Funds for the following projects were raised by PLGA Families (through the Brain Tumor Society’s Ride for Research). These project ideas were solicited wholly through The Brain Tumor Society’s request for proposal and peer review processes. The National Brain Tumor Society’s continued commitment to supporting PLGA specific research takes our children one step closer to a cure.

The 2008 PLGA Research grant recipients are as follows:

Principal Investigator Project Title
Michael K. Cooper, MD, Vanderbilt University Medical Center, Nashville, Tennessee Targeting the Hedgehog Pathway in Pediatric Low-Grade Glioma
Mark Kieran, MD, PhD, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Boston, Massachusetts A Phase II Study of RAD001 (everolimus) For Children with Chemotherapy Hemotherapy-Refractory Progressive Symptomatic Low-Grade Gliomas.
Xiao-Nan Li, MD, PhD, Texas Childrens Hospital-Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, Texas Development of Clinically Relevant Orthotopic Xenograft Mouse Models of Childhood Low-Grade Glioma from Primary Tumor Tissues
Elizabeth Maher, MD, PhD, University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, Dallas, Texas Identification of the Molecular Signature of Progressive JPA
Ian Pollack, MD, ChildrenҒs Hospital of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania Peptide Vaccine Based immunotherapy for Pediatric Low-Grade Glioma