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The Dana Foundation, Neuroimmunology of Brain Cancers and Infections

Thursday Jan 13, 2011


Sponsor: The Dana Foundation, Neuroimmunology of Brain Cancers and Infections

Materials are due electronically to Jeff Meserve ( by Thursday, January 13, 2011 @ noon.
Please submit:

  • Two page maximum lay abstract describing the aims of/needs for the proposed project
  • PI's biosketch, highlighting research trajectory and grant history


Emphasis is placed on providing support to faculty tenure track researchers who are early in their career, at the assistant professor level, or early in their associate professor career. Projects involving collaborations with NIH intramural researchers or industry scientists are acceptable.

Program description:
The Dana Foundation is pleased to announce a call for proposals for its Neuroimmunology program, focusing on brain cancers and infections. Individual grants will total up to $200,000, payable over three years. Specifically, the Foundation is inviting studies of 1) immune-based therapies for primary brain tumors, and for metastases to the brain of other cancers; 2) immune responses to infections in the brain, including but not limited to viral encephalitis, meningitis, cerebral malaria, and prion diseases; and 3) how immune functions are carried out and modified in the brain.
The following are examples of the areas of focus:
• Exploring ways to stimulate immune cell recognition and attack of primary brain tumors and metastases.
• Measuring responses to therapeutic vaccines or other immunotherapies for treating brain tumors.
• Determining ways to prevent and defend against viral infections in the brain.
• Examining ways to treat infections in the brain, including cerebral malaria.
• Characterizing the roles of immune cells in normal brain and how these functions are modified under abnormal brain conditions.

Program Guidelines:  The complete solicitation can be viewed here:

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