Research Funded To Date

The Ben and Catherine Ivy Foundation is dedicated to finding a cure for brain cancer. We strive in improve the quality of life and increase the life expectancy of those diagnosed with brain cancer by funding promising research that creates more diagnostics and treatments for patients.

Since 2008, we have funded 19 separate institutions with over 65 different research grants totaling over $120 million. These grants have involved research in biomarkers, genomics, imaging, immunotherapy, stem cell, vaccines, and the development of possible new drugs.

2010 HHMI-IVY FELLOWS

Partnership with the Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) allows the Ivy Foundation to support the development of young physician-scientists in the field of neuro-oncology.

Elisa Annie Aquilanti
Project Title: Identification of self-renewal- and differentiation-regulating genes in normal and malignant neural stem cells through functional genetic studies.
Medical Institution: Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University (Year 2)
Fellowship Institution: Harvard Medical School
Research Fields: Cell Biology, Cancer Research
Mentor: DePinho, Ronald A.

Courtney Pendleton
Project Title: Hypoxia and chemoattraction in genetically engineered adipose-derived mesenchymal stem cells: migration and homing to human-derived glioblastomas.
Medical Institution: Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine (Year 3)
Fellowship Institution: Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
Research Fields: Neuroscience, Molecular Biology, Neuro-Oncology
Mentor: Quinones-Hinojosa, Alfredo
Co-mentor: Levchenko, Andre

Linda Chen
Project Title: Adipose-derived mesenchymal stem cells (amsc): anti-tumor effect and fate in the glioma microenvironment project.
Medical Institution: Duke University School of Medicine (Year 2)
Fellowship Institution: Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
Research Fields: Neuroscience; Biomedical Engineering; Molecular Biology
Mentor: Quinones-Hinojosa, Alfredo
Co-mentor: Gilad, Assaf A.

David James Voce
Project Title: NF-kB1-p50 and the response of gliomas to temozolomide
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Medical Institution: University of Chicago Division of the Biological Sciences and Pritzker School of Medicine (Year 2)
Fellowship Institution: University of Chicago Division of the Biological Sciences and Pritzker School of Medicine
Research Fields: Neuroscience, Oncology
Mentor: Yamini, Bakhtiar
Co-mentor: Khodarev, Nikolai N.

Gurvinder Kaur
Project Title: Role of complement activation in glioma proliferation.
Medical Institution: University of California, San Francisco, School of Medicine (Year 3)
Fellowship Institution: University of California, San Francisco, School of Medicine
Research Fields: Immunology; Molecular Biology; Oncology
Mentor: Parsa, Andrew T.

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