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Research Advisory Network

The Research Advisory Network (RAN) actively engages with PBTF leadership to provide highly informed perspectives on the biomedical research enterprise. The RAN is an important facet of PBTF’s partnership with the research community. RAN members contribute insights that help shape PBTF’s funding priorities and evaluate the impact of our research investment on the lives of children diagnosed with a brain tumor, as well as on the disease that threatens them. Members volunteer to serve a three-year, renewable term.

Suzanne Baker, PhD, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital
Co-Leader, Neurobiology and Brain Tumor Program

Jill Barnholtz-Sloan, PhD, Case Western Reserve University
Associate Director, Case Comprehensive Cancer Center Institute for Computational Biology
Scientific Principal Investigator, Central Brain Tumor Registry of the United States

Oren J.  Becher, MD, Northwestern University
Assistant Professor, Pediatrics 

Tom Curran, PhD, FRS, Children’s Mercy Kansas City   
Chief Scientific Officer
Executive Director of the Children's Mercy Children's Research Institute (CRI)

G. Yancey Gillespie, PhD, University of Alabama at Birmingham
Professor, Neurosurgery
Co-Leader, Neuro-Oncology Program

Gerald Grant, MD, FACS, Stanford School of Medicine
Associate Professor, Neurosurgery

Nalin Gupta, MD, PhD, UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital
Chief, Pediatric Neurosurgery
Professor, Neurological Surgery

Mark Kieran, MD, PhD, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and Boston Children’s Hospital
Director, Pediatric Neuro-Oncology Center
Associate Professor of Pediatrics, Harvard Medical School

Duane Mitchell, MD, PhD, University of Florida
Co-Director, Preston A. Wells Jr. Center for Brain Tumor Therapy
Director, UF Brain Tumor Immunotherapy Program

Michelle Monje-Deisseroth, MD, PhD, Stanford School of Medicine
Assistant Professor, Neurology
Assistant Professor, Neurosurgery, Pediatrics, and Pathology

Sabine Mueller, MD, PhD, UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital
Assistant Professor of Neurology, Pediatrics and Neurosurgery
Director, Pediatric Brain Tumor Center

Roger Packer, MD, Children’s National Health System
Senior Vice President, Neuroscience and Behavioral Medicine
Director, Brain Tumor and Gilbert NF Institutes

Will Parsons, MD, PhD, Texas Children’s Hospital
Co-Director, Neuro-Oncology Program
Assistant Professor, Department of Pediatrics, Baylor College of Medicine

Raphael Rousseau, MD, PhD, Genentech
Associate Group Medical Director, Product Development Oncology

James Rutka, MD, PhD, FRCSC, Hospital for Sick Children
Co-Director & Principal Investigator, The Arthur and Sonia Labatt Brain Tumour Research Centre
Professor and Chair, Surgery, University of Toronto

Max Wallace, Accelerate Brain Cancer Cure
Chief Executive Officer

Robert Wechsler-Reya, PhD, Sanford-Burnham Prebys Medical Discovery Institute
Professor, NCI-Designated Cancer Center
Director, Tumor Initiation and Maintenance Program