Awarded $2.4 Million Dollars for Critical Cancer Research 

10/13/2020:  Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida- October 13, 2020- For the Sontag family, fighting brain cancer is personal, which is why Rick and Susan Sontag (The Sontag Foundation) have invested $38 million in support of brain cancer research. As a 26-year brain cancer survivor, Susan is the inspiration behind the work the Foundation is doing in an effort to make significant advances in finding a cure for brain cancer. The Foundation is proud to announce awards totaling $2.4 million to four outstanding scientists throughout the United States.

“We want to fuel significant advances in brain cancer research which is why, through a competitive process, we award scientists who demonstrate promise for making scientific and medical breakthroughs in brain cancer research,” Rick Sontag, President.


The following Distinguished Scientist Awardees will receive $600,000 over four years for their research:

  • Dan A. Landau, MD, PhD, Associate Professor, Weill Cornell, New York, NY
  • Pierpaolo Peruzzi, MD, PhD, Assistant Professor, Brigham & Women’s Hospital, Boston, MA
  • Marcos Simoes-Costa, PhD, Assistant Professor, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY
  • Andrew Venteicher, MD, PhD, Assistant Professor, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN
“The generous support of The Sontag Foundation allows us to push towards translating research findings into the clinic to advance the standard of care for brain tumor patients. We are grateful to be part of the Sontag family, says Dr. Andrew Venteicher, one of the four 2020 award recipients. 

Annually the Foundation hosts a scientific summit in the Jacksonville area which brings current and past awardees together to engage in collaborative conversations to drive science forward to make a difference in the field of brain cancer and in the lives of brain cancer patients. The 2020 scientific summit was held in St. Augustine.