Research Advisory Network

The Research Advisory Network actively engages with the Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation’s leadership to provide highly informed perspectives on the biomedical research enterprise.

This network is an important facet of PBTF’s partnership with the research community. 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 brain tumors, as well as on the disease that threatens them. Members volunteer to serve a three-year, renewable term.

Current Members

David Adams, PhD*
Sanger Institute, UK
Senior Group Leader/Head Experimental Cancer Genetics

Kenneth Aldape, MD*
National Cancer Institute
Senior Investigator Pathology

Eric Bouffet, MD
University of Toronto
Professor, Pediatrics

Tom Curran, PhD, FRS
Children’s Research Institute
Chief Scientific Officer and Executive Director

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

Darren Hargrave, MB.ChB (Hons), MD, MRCP, FRCPCH*
Great Ormond Street Institute of Child Health
Professor Neuro Oncology

Cynthia Hawkins, MD, PhD, FRCPC
Sick Kids Associate Professor, Laboratory Medicine and Pathobiology

Eugene Hwang, MD
Children’s National Health System
Attending, Pediatric Neuro-Oncology

Nada Jabado, MD, PhD*
McGill University, Canada
Professor Pediatrics

Mark Kieran, MD, PhD*
Day One Biopharmaceuticals
VP Clinical Development

Roger McLendon, MD, PhD
Duke University
Professor, Pathology

Duane Mitchell, MD, PhD
University of Florida
Phyllis Kottler Friedman Professor, Neurosurgery

Sabine Mueller, MD, PhD*
UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital
Assistant Professor, Clinical Neurology

Karin Muraszko, MD, PhD
University of Michigan
Chair of Neurosurgery

Roger Packer, MD
Children’s National Health System
Senior Vice President, Neuroscience and Behavioral Medicine

Stefan Pfister, MD
University of Heidelberg
Professor, Pediatrics

Joanna Phillips, MD, PhD
Associate Professor, Neurological Surgery and Pathology

Michael Prados, MD
UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital
Professor, Neurological Surgery

Joshua Rubin, MD, PhD
Washington University, St. Louis
Professor, Pediatrics, Hematology and Oncology

James Rutka, MD, PhD, FRCSC
Sick Kids
Professor and Chair, Surgery

Robert Wechsler-Reya, PhD
Sanford-Burnham Prebys Medical Research Institute
Director and Professor, Tumor Initiation and Maintenance Program


* Denotes PLGA Fund at PBTF Advisory Member