Dr. Ana Ashizawa awarded grant from ABC2 & Florida Center for Brain Tumor Research

ACB2Dr. Ana Ashizawa was one of four recipients chosen to receive a grant award which is co-sponsored by the Florida Center for Brain Tumor Research (FCBTR) and Accelerate Brain Cancer Cure (ABC2) for her proposal “Intravenous nanoparticle delivery to glioblastoma.”

ABC2 and the Florida Center for Brain Tumor Research are working together to implement a statewide brain tumor research grant program.This year, they received a record number of applications in response to their Call for Proposals for the 2015 Grant Awards. There were 23 grant proposals submitted by investigators from 6 FIorida research centers including Mayo Clinic, Moffitt, Scripps, University of Florida, University of Miami, and University of West Florida.  Max Wallace, CEO of ABC2, in his letter said, “Because of the excellent quality of the proposals, it was a real challenge to narrow the field, but in the end we came up with four grants that we felt most deserved to be funded.  

  • Anna Tari Ashizawa, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Department of Neuroscience,University of FIorida, for her proposal on Intravenous nanoparticle delivery to glioblastoma.

  • Joanne R. Doherty, Ph.D., Senior Staff Scientist, Department of Cancer BioIogy, The Scripps Research Institute, for her proposal on Perturbing genetic code fidelity, an innovative strategy for the eradication of glioblastoma.

  • Catherine FIores, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Department of Neurosurgery, University of FIorida, for her proposal looking at the novel role hematopoietic stem cells play in augmenting anti-tunor immunity by driving the migration, proliferation, and anti-tumor function of adoptively transferred tumor-specific T celels against gliomas.

  • Peter A. Forsyth, M.D., Department Chair, Neurosurgery, H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center and Research Institute, for his proposal on the use oncolytic Myxoma Virus in the treatment of malignant gliomas.