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Making Headway Foundation is dedicated to funding research in addition to our programs of patient care.

In September of 2015, The Board of Directors of Making Headway Foundation voted to award more than $300,000 in grants to researchers studying pediatric neuro-oncology.

NYU Langone Medical Center ($251,242)
NYU Langone Medical Center received four grants. The total amount awarded was $251,242. These grants cover neuro psychology screening and assessment for patients; a clinical trials manager; a pediatric neuro-oncology fellowship for Dr. Devorah Segal; and a human brain tissue bio repository for the purpose of obtaining and archiving tissue samples from pediatric brain tumor patients. These samples will be made available to researchers within NYU and to other institutions at no or nominal cost.

Columbia University of New York City ($30,000)
The Columbia University grant will be to study the long term cognitive & family aspects of recovery from a pediatric brain tumor and will be conducted by Dr. Stephen Sands, Associate Professor of Clinical Psychology.

Hospital for Sick Children - Toronto, Canada ($25,000)
The Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto, Canada will study the molecular make up of low grade gliomas in children in order to improve clinical decision making. The goal is to enable less toxic therapies for good prognosis patients and improved targeted therapies for children with poor expected outcomes. Drs. Uri Tabori and Cynthia Hawkins will spearhead this project. Making Headway Foundation is partnering with A Kids’ Brain Tumor Cure (PLGA Foundation) on the funding for this study.

For 2014/2015, Making Headway Foundation made awards as follows:

Neuro Oncology Laboratory at NYU ($1,000,000)
As the number of pediatric brain tumors is small, scientific research tends to focus on illness with significantly more frequency, such as breast cancer, Leukemia and AIDS. Research is needed to discover the underlying biological pathways that drive brain tumor initiation and progression. This knowledge will help improve treatment outcomes for children by developing novel, tumor-specific therapeutic approaches that can be validated for safety and efficiency through clinical trials. Development of this dedicated Translational Neuro-oncology Research Laboratory will make huge strides in this arena.

Pediatric Neuro-Oncology Fellowship ($102,000)
This grant is for a one-year fellowship for a pediatric neuro-oncology fellow who will evaluate and treat a broad range of CNS tumors in children, manage neurologic complications of systemic cancer in children, participate in the conduct of clinical trials and prepare for an academic leadership career in pediatric neuro-oncology. The Fellowship will be conducted at the Stephen D. Hassenfeld Children's Center for Cancer and Blood disorders at NYU Langone Medical Center.

Clinical Trials Manager ($47,000)
The Clinical Trials Office at the Stephen D. Hassenfeld Children's Center for Cancer and Blood disorders at NYU Langone Medical Center manages all research studies in the Division of Pediatric Hematology/Oncology of the Department of Pediatrics, including the research component of the Pediatric Neuro-Oncology Program. The Clinical Trials Manager oversees this program.

Bio Repository Center ($118,000)
The grant is for the support of human brain tissue banking at the NYU School of Medicine. The Bio Repository Center will obtain and archive tissue samples from pediatric brain tumor patients at the NYU Langone Medical Center. The samples will be made available for cancer research at NYULMC and other institutions at nominal or no cost.



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