The Sontag Foundation awards $1.2 million dollars to help fight brain cancer, committing over $30 million to date.

The Sontag Foundation selected two outstanding early career scientists as recipients of the 2017 Distinguished Scientist Award. Each recipient will receive a $600,000 grant to support their brain tumor research program over the next four years, bringing the foundation’s commitment in the field of brain cancer to over $30 million in the past 15 years. Since 2002, the Foundation has awarded 43 promising scientists for projects with the potential to significantly impact the scientific communities’ knowledge base of primary brain tumors. In 2017, an estimated 79,270 new cases are expected to be diagnosed in the United States.

2017 DSA Recipients:

  • Jian Hu, PhD, Assistant Professor, Department of Cancer Biology, University of Texas, MD Anderson Cancer Center, Sontag funded project, “Role of QKI in regulating lysosome function through modulating unsaturated fatty acids biosynthesis in gliomagenesis.”
  • Sriram Venneti, MD, PhD, Assistant Professor, Department of Pathology and Neuropathology, University of Michigan, Sontag funded project, “Targeting epigenetic and metabolic pathways to cure childhood ependymomas.”