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: