“The Distinguished Scientist Award was a ‘game changer.’ It represented the first instance of substantial independent research funding, provided a boost in confidence, and has allowed us to take our research into a new direction.”
“The Distinguished Scientist Award is unequivocally the best foundation grant a young investigator in the brain cancer field can receive. It not only provides financial support, but access to a community. The relationships and collaborations I’ve formed through this community have truly changed the scope of my research.”
Jason Huse, M.D., Ph.D. ’12 DSA
University of Texas
MD Anderson Cancer Center
After studying philosophy, psychology, and neuroscience, Mikhail G. Shapiro became a chemical engineer. He works to combine existing techniques with immerging technologies to create new ways to study the brain.
When’s she is not in the lab, you might find Capucine Van Rechem playing the little-known sport of underwater hockey. She says it requires a lot of the same teamwork skills she uses while searching for a cure for DIPG, an incurable form of pediatric brain cancer.
As a preschooler in rural Ohio, Kyle Walsh was aware that Amish students were overrepresented in his school’s classrooms for the developmentally handicapped. Curious why, his mother, explained: “It’s genetics, sweetie.” Kyle left preschool convinced that he needed to learn about this “genetics” stuff. He now applies population genetics to understand the origins of cancer-associated gene mutation.
Paul Northcott was an All-Star baseball player in high school and a collegiate scholarship athlete. He uses the same focus and drive to eradicate medulloblastoma, one of the leading causes of cancer-related death in children.