Funding annual research grants for glioblastoma multiforme brain tumors (GBM) is one of the key goals of the Nick Gonzales Foundation. The Foundation had another blessed year in 2013 with total research grants awarded in Nick’s memory increasing to a total of $249,200 since inception. In 2013, grants were awarded to: including:
- $15,000 – Dr Karen Fink, Baylor Healthcare Foundation – Dallas
Dr. Fink is one of the principal investigators in the Brain Tumor Trials Collaborative (BTTC) that is hosted at UT MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston. The BTTC includes 12 neuro-oncology institutions cooperating to create innovative treatments for brain tumor patients. Their mission is to discover new and effective therapies for the treatment of patients with brain tumors, and particularly, to bring exciting new agents and strategies from the laboratory to the clinical setting.
- $10,000 – Dr. Robert Bachoo, UT Southwestern – Dallas
Dr. Bachoo’s research at UTSW focuses on the development of actual brain tumors and ways to interrupt and stop the growth of the cells through various strategies. When a brain tumor is removed from a consenting patient at UTSW, a small portion of it is immediately implanted in 10 mice. Different strategies are then applied to each of the mice, with chemotherapy drugs customized to that patient’s tumor to see what therapy has the greatest impact on the tumor. These therapies can be adjusted in strength, delivery times and combined with other drugs to ascertain the most effective treatment without putting the patient through the trials. The results of the study will then be included in the research grant request with the National Institutes of Health.