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“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.”

Ingo Mellinghoff, M.D. '07 DSA
Chair, Department of Neurology
Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center
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“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

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Shandra Koler manages the portfolio of grants and contracts for the Foundation and assists grant applicants interested in applying for this award.

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