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 2016 with total research grants awarded in Nick’s memory increasing to a total of $327,000 since inception. In 2016, grants were awarded included:
- $25,000 – Dr Karen Fink, Baylor Healthcare Foundation – Dallas
New research in brain tumor treatment is focused on studying individual tumors at the molecular and genetic level. This allows her to pick a treatment regimen that has the best probability of success for each patient, rather than a “one size fits all” approach. Dr. Fink is participating in several clinical trials in cooperation with the Brain Tumor Trials Collaborative that offer innovative therapies for newly diagnosed or recurrent malignant brain tumors. One trial involves the creation of a vaccine for the treatment of newly diagnosed brain tumors. For that trial, a sample of the patient’s tumor is taken during surgery and used to create a vaccine to trigger the body to fight the tumor. Another treatment being studied involves a device that the patient can wear, which delivers electric fields directly to the scalp to interrupt and slow tumor growth.