Awarding Grants to Research Projects Focused on Brain Tumor RESEARCH & Treatment



The SBTF is a 501(c)3 nonprofit, public charitable organization based in Atlanta, GA. We fund scientific research and investigator-initiated clinical trials focused on finding a cure for brain tumors. Since 2005, the SBTF has awarded nearly $3M in research grants. Our research grant philosophy is to provide seed money and stimulate brain tumor research. At the SBTF we:

  • Seek out the best science relying on a Scientific Advisory Committee to review and score all applications.
  • Focus on translational research projects and investigator-initiated clinical trials focused on finding a cure for brain tumors.
  • Strive to select and fund the project which has the best chance of leading to a cure

We believe seed funding will foster the continued development of emerging concepts, treatments, and therapies. We hope the projects funded by the SBTF might be a springboard from which researchers will garner additional data resulting in publications & recognition which has the potential to secure support from larger funding agencies, such as the National Institute of Health for brain tumor research.

brain tumor Research Grants Awarded

We are pleased to provide a list of brain tumor research grant projects which have been funded by the SBTF. Funding for these research projects has been made possible through the generosity of our constituents and the support of event participants. If you'd like to make an impact, visit our Donate page. Your generosity is appreciated.

Please feel free to contact us with any questions you may have regarding our research grants. We can be reached via email  at

Edjah Nduom, MD

Emory University

Intratumoral Anti-CD29 Treatment to Improve Brain Tumor Immune Therapy

Discovery Grant Distributed via partnership with American Brain Tumor Association (ABTA)

Mark Youngblood, MD, PhD

Northwestern University

Molecular Markers of Meningioma Growth Arrest After HDAC Inhibition

Research Fellowship Grant Distributed via partnership with Neurosurgery Research and Education Foundation (NREF) and the Tumor Section of the American Association of Neurological Surgeons (AANS) and Congress of Neurological Surgeons (CNS)

Eric Chalif, BA

University of California, San Francisco

Replicating Retroviral Delivery of Immune Costimulatory Agents in Glioblastoma

Distributed via an American Brain Tumor Association (ABTA) Medical Student Summer Fellowship Award

Dagoberto Estevez Ordonez, MD

University of Alabama, Birmingham

Evaluation of immunologic parameters in canine glioma patients treated with an oncolytic herpes virus

SBTF Award distributed via partnership with American Association of Neurological Surgeons (AANS)

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