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Grant Allows Resident to Create Research Niche

Ami Raval, MD

Recipient says grant encourages exploration

“I’d like to say thank you for the remarkable gift of the seed grant that has allowed me to pursue my research interests,” said Tufts Medical Center neurosurgery resident Ami Raval, MD. “I sincerely hope that the [AMA] Foundation continues to provide the seed grants so young researchers can get a taste of research to see if they like it.”

The 2009 grant from the American Medical Association (AMA) Foundation Seed Grant Research Program gave Dr. Raval more independence to study a specific issue. “The seed grant allowed me to form my own niche in the lab and do my own research,” she said.

Dr. Raval is examining factors that may halt or limit disease progression of glioblastoma multiforme (GBM), the most common, aggressive, and devastating type of primary brain tumor. GBM currently accounts for more than half of all primary brain tumors and 20% of all intracranial tumors.

Eventually Dr. Raval hopes that her research will lead to a better understanding of the genetics involved in the spread or maintenance of GBM, and that ultimately her work will provide a means for direct targeted therapy for malignant brain tumors.

Gifts to support seed grant research may be made online.