As of 2014, the Brain Science Foundation has funded well over $12m toward research, education, and patient support, which has resulted in nearly $30m in research funding grants from other sources. A few of BSF’s recent highlights include :
- A major publication which links DNA mutations with Meningioma. Through a highly collaborative effort in gene sequencing of Meningioma, BSF Principal Investigators Priscilla Brastianos, MD, Rameen Beroukhim, MD, Ian Dunn, MD, Peleg Horowitz, MD, PhD, and Sandro Santagata, MD were able to connect the dots and published these new findings. Their findings will lead to a clinical trial led by Dr. Brastianos.
- Building of a highly versatile neurosurgical robot which will minimize the invasiveness of procedures. BSF Trustee and Investigator Joseph Madsen, MD and his team has successfully designed and build an innovative robot that will speed up surgical procedures and accelerate recovery without threatening outcomes.
- Principal Investigator, Elizabeth Claus, M.D., Ph.D., has received two separate grants totaling $15MM from the National Institute of Health to continue her intense study on Meningioma Epidemiology. Dr. Claus and her colleagues confirm that this funding would not have been possible if it were not for the financial support of the foundation throughout her preliminary study. Dr. Claus’s work aids in the future understanding of why certain genetic foundations of families are more prevalent to meningiomas and could lead to prevention or early detection to minimize the effects of these brain tumors.
- Principal Investigator Alexandra Golby, M.D., is recognized as a pioneer in her field with the development of a one-of-a-kind Advanced Multimodality Image Guided Operating (AMIGO) Suite. The momentum of Dr. Golby’s science intensified due to the foresight of the Brain Science Foundation in funding of her research. When put into practice, the AMIGO enables intraoperative real-time anatomical imaging modalities like x-ray and ultrasound, combined with cross sectional digital imaging systems like CT, MRI, and PET, during surgery.