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Jonathan Posner M.D.
Funded: 07-01-2015 through 02-28-2018
Funding Type: Supportive Care Research Grant
Institution Location: New York, NY
Institution: Columbia University Medical Center affiliated with Morgan Stanley Children’s Hospital, New York-Presbyterian

Survivors of pediatric brain tumors commonly struggle with progressive declines in attention and memory that emerge following neurosurgery, chemotherapy and radiation. Unfortunately, little is known about the neurobiological substrates of these cognitive dysfunctions. Dr. Posner's Grace for Good St. Baldrick’s Supportive Care Grant aims to identify the specific changes in functional and structural brain connectivity that correlate with neurocognitive decline by collecting advanced magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and neuropsychological test data on survivors. This data is being compared with healthy controls across three academic medical centers: Columbia University Medical Center, Children’s Medical Center-Dallas and Seattle Children’s Hospital. This grant is named for the Grace for Good Fund created in honor of Grace Carey, a medulloblastoma survivor. It supports research of brain tumors and survivorship issues in the hopes of changing kids’ lives for good.