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The Brain Aneurysm Foundation Announces Six Grants to Further Treatment for Brain Aneurysms
Date:8/12/2009

The Brain Aneurysm Foundation will award $145,000 in grants to leading researchers at the 3rd Annual Brain Aneurysm Foundation Research Grant Symposium. The symposium will help the Foundation continue to raise awareness of brain aneurysms, which affect an estimated 1 in 50 people in North America. All research grants will be awarded on September 17, 2009 from 6:00-10:00 p.m. at The Union League of Chicago, located at 65 West Jackson Boulevard, Chicago, Illinois 60604.

Boston, MA (PRWEB) August 12, 2009 -- The Brain Aneurysm Foundation will award $145,000 in grants to leading researchers at the 3rd Annual Brain Aneurysm Foundation Research Grant Symposium. The grants will be awarded on Thursday, September 17 in Chicago, IL. The symposium will help the Foundation continue to raise awareness of brain aneurysms, which affect an estimated 1 in 50 people in North America. All research grants will be awarded on September 17, 2009 from 6:00-10:00 p.m. at The Union League of Chicago, located at 65 West Jackson Boulevard, Chicago, Illinois 60604.

The Brain Aneurysm Foundation awards research grants for basic scientific research directed at early detection, improved treatment modalities, and technological advances that will ultimately improve outcomes for patients with brain aneurysms. This year, The Brain Aneurysm Foundation will proudly be awarding 6 research grants - 2 grants at $40,000, 2 grants at $20,000, 1 grant at $15,000, and 1 grant at $10,000.

The 2009 Research Grant Symposium is jointly-sponsored by Northwestern University's Feinberg School of Medicine and the Brain Aneurysm Foundation. The September 17 event will be hosted by Robert Rosenwasser, MD FACS, Professor of Radiology and Neurosurgery at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital. Dr. Rosenwasser is the head of the 2009 Research Grant Committee. The course director for this Hunt Batjer, MD, is the Michael J. Marchese Professor of Neurosurgery and chairman of the Department of Neurological Surgery at Northwestern University's Feinberg School of Medicine and chairman of the Department of Neurological Surgery at Northwestern Memorial Hospital. Guest speakers for the evening will include:

 
  • Robert Brown, M.D.- Chair, Neurology Department at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota
  • Fernando Vinuela, M.D.- Professor of Radiology, Director, Interventional Neuroradiology Division Department of Radiological Sciences Ronald Reagan at UCLA Medical Center in Los Angeles, California

The 2009 research grant recipients include:
 
  • Brian Hoh, M.D. - $40,000 Anna Orthwein Chair of Research - "Inflammation and Cerebral Aneurysms: Therapeutic Targets for Modulation and Vascular Repair"- McKnight Brain Institute - Gainesville, Florida
  • Gregory Zipfel, M.D. - $40,000 Anna Orthwein Chair of Research - "Endogenous Protective Mechanisms Against Cerebral Vasospasm" - Washington University in St. Louis, MO
  • Byung Hee Han, PhD - $20,000 Shirley Dudek Demmer Chair of Research - "Matrix Metalloproteinase - 9 in Neurovascular Dysfunction Following Subarachnoid Hemorrhage" - Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri
  • Michael Stiefel, M.D. - $20,000 Timothy Susco Chair of Research - "Characterization of the Relative Roles of Coagulation and Cerebral Vasospasm in Neuronal Injury following SAH" - University of Pennsylvania
  • http://www.stmichaelshospital.com/research/profile.php?id=schweizer&; [Tom Schweizer, M.D. - $15,000 Cynthia Sherwin Chair of Research - "Neurocognitive, Neuroimaging, and Functional Profile of Patients after Aneurismal Subarachnoid Hemorrhage" - St. Michael's Hospital - Toronto, Canada
  • G. Edward Vates, M.D.- $10,000 The Brain Aneurysm Chair of Research - "Manipulation of Endothelial glycocalyx to improve microcirculation after SAH" - University of Rochester, School of Medicine - New York

The Brain Aneurysm Foundation is currently celebrating 15 years as the nation's only non-profit organization solely dedicated to providing critical awareness, education, support and research funding to reduce the incidence of brain aneurysms. Brain aneurysms can occur in anyone, at any age. An estimated 3-6 million people in the United States have an unruptured brain aneurysm. Each year about 32,000 people in the U.S. will suffer a ruptured brain aneurysm. Over 40% of the victims will die and of those surviving, only a third will recover without disabilities. The Brain Aneurysm Foundation hopes to improve these tragic statistics and save lives by funding vital research and increasing awareness.

The Brain Aneurysm Foundation is located at 269 Hanover Street, Building #3 in Hanover, Massachusetts 02339. For more information on The Brain Aneurysm Foundation, please visit http://www.bafound.org.

About the Brain Aneurysm Foundation
The Brain Aneurysm Foundation was established in Boston, MA on August 19, 1994 as a public charity. The Foundation's mission is to provide support and educational materials to the medical community, the newly diagnosed, survivors, family members, friends and the general public regarding the facts, treatment options, and recovery process for brain aneurysms.

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