2016 “Summer Sprint”

Thanks to the generosity of a number of donors, the summer of 2016 will be an unprecedented one at the Children’s Brain Tumor Project (CBTP). With grants and gifts from families and foundations, the CBTP plans to fill the lab with an impressive array of summer students and fellows conducting research at an amazing pace. The newly funded summer positions are:

St. Baldrick’s Summer Fellows: Emilie George and Raymond Chang will be testing new drugs and drug combinations against gliomatosis cerebri and DIPG, funded by a summer fellowship grant from the St. Baldrick’s Foundation. (More about that grant)

Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation (ALSF) POST Scholar: Umberto Tosi will use PET imaging to evaluate the cancer drug dasatinib, modified to fluoresce, in mice models with DIPG. The position is funded by the ALSF’s Pediatric Oncology Student Training (POST) program. (More about that project)

AANS/NREF Medical Student Summer Research Fellow: Christopher Marnell will test two-dimensional peptide-based nanofibers (NFP) as drug carriers to slow clearance rates and improve the distribution of chemotherapeutics injected into a DIPG tumor. (More about that grant)

Samuel Jeffers Summer TG Student Fellow: The CBTP is recruiting for a summer medical student fellow to acquire tissue samples of thalamic gliomas for future study. The position is funded by the Samuel Jeffers Childhood Cancer Foundation. (More about that gift)

Many thanks to the Cristian Rivera Foundation, foundation board member Craig Serra, and Pfizer for their generous donation in support of these summer fellows. With their help, we are able to supply our summer fellows with the drugs, animal models, and infrastructure they need to do their work.

We hope for great things this summer, and we are grateful to our generous supporters for making it happen.