2013 Research Grant

We are pleased and proud to announce the $25,000

“Maine’s KAT-Walk & Karo-5K Chair of Research”

one of ten Scholarships totaling $205,000 awarded at The 7th Annual Brain Aneurysm Foundation Research Grant Awards Symposium held on September 12, 2013, in Seattle, Washington.

Thank you to everyone who supports and donates to the KAT-Walk & Karo-5K and our efforts to increase Brain Aneurysm Awareness and research.

Our 2013 Chair of Research was awarded to Chanannait Paisansathan, MD, University of Illinois at Chicago for her research project entitled:

“The Activation of S100 B / RAGE Pathway Mediates Subarachnoid Hemorrhage-Associated Vasospasm and Delayed Neurological Deficit”

Delayed vasospasm, a condition in which blood vessels in the brain cannot dilate to supply adequate oxygen and nutrients to areas of the brain, is a common complication and leading cause of morbidity and mortality after subarachnoid hemorrhage (SAH). This condition occurs several days to weeks after the initial rupture of a Brain Aneurysm.

This research project will investigate the medication called “ONO2506” which works to decrease inflammation caused from the release of the S100B protein in the brain after SAH. The inflammation is believed to be one of the key players in the development of abnormal brain blood vessel function (vasospasm) after SAH. The inability of blood vessel function to meet the brain demand causes the secondary insult to the brain, and can lead to death or disability among subarachnoid hemorrhage survivors.

Dr. PaisansathanDr. Paisansathan received her medical degree in 1995 from Prince of Songkhla University, Thailand. She completed her Residency training and further specialized training at University of Illinois - Chicago. Dr. Paisansathan’s research interest is in the area of stroke and subarachnoid hemorrhage and has published extensively in this field. She was appointed program director for Medical Student Education in 2010 and received her tenure at the University of Illinois at Chicago College of Medicine in 2011.

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