NREF reviewers perform a rigorous review each year before choosing researchers and projects to fund. NREF then provides the seed money for research projects that oftentimes receive additional funding from other sources, such as the National Institutes of Health (NIH). In fact, since 1983, over 30 percent of all NREF funded grants receive additional funding from other national sources.
For the 2016-17 academic year, Visish M. Srinivasan, MD, of Baylor College of Medicine/MD Anderson Cancer Center, was the AANS/CNS Cerebrovascular Section Research Fellowship Grant recipient for his project titled “Endovascular Delivery of Allogenic Human Mesenchymal Stem Cells Transfected With The Delta-24 Oncolytic Virus In A Canine Model Of Glioblastoma.”
Mentored by Frederick F. Lang, MD, FAANS, and Peter Kan, MD, FAANS, Dr. Srinivasan’s research has received follow-up funding from Brain Cancer SPORE (National Cancer Institute) for a project titled “Preliminary Study of Super-selective Intra-arterial Infusion of Human Mesenchymal Stem Cell-based Therapy in a Rabbit Human Glioblastoma Model.”
In his final report to the NREF, Dr. Srinivasan shared these thoughts about how the award had impacted his career:
“This has been a productive and rewarding year for my growth as an academic neurosurgeon. Drs. Kan and Lang’s mentorship has been transformative, as I have gone from a resident with some interest in research to an investigator with much larger ideas and ambitions. I have been able to convince myself and others of the value of our research and its potential in the field. We are in the process of preparing two manuscripts for the work – one for the in-vitro studies of microcatheter compatibility, which is novel on its own, and a second with our canine outcomes. The additional funding for our lab, which was granted largely on the basis of our early promising results generated with the NREF funding, has been very helpful to continue these efforts. I am greatly appreciative of how the NREF has set my career on its current trajectory and look forward to encouraging others to follow this path. Additionally, I look forward to contributing to the NREF when I have completed my training.”
Click here for a brief summary of Dr. Srinivasan’s NREF-funded research.
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