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Cancer researcher Dr. Poorna Schnell of Tulane University in New Orleans Louisiana has been awarded the first DARPA-funded Post- Doctoral Individual Training Award from the National Heart Lung and Blood Institute.

Schnell a staff scientist at Tulane Universitys Hematology Research Institute (TRI) was asked to the project to develop awareness programs for providers who treat patients with brain tumors undergoing surgery and receiver opportunities for patients with epilepsy. Shell use that information to develop a training program that combines observation and critical care (AC) thus providing the preferred care level for both the primary and minor patient populations.

In October of last year she received notification from NPRI (National Research Foundation awarded to Doctorate students) detailing the DARPA-funded fellowship that she was authorized to apply for. The highly anticipated grant of 150000 will fund Schnell and will rotate between the researchers for five years. It includes up to 200000 for the study of neurosurgery anesthesia pain management and vision.

Schnell will apply at the National Institute of Very High Risk Brain Tissue Cancer (NIESCR) Center for clinical trials looking at the use of this particular sensory neuron for treating disorders of the brain and spinal cord following a chronic brain tumor outbreak. The fellowship will provide basic training in diagnosing early-stage and advanced brain tumors and demonstrate the feasibility of treating these advanced melanoma and other types of cancers.

She will complete the posting of a letter explaining the semester project in the CTECH Journal explaining that her research will reveal new knowledge about the network of neurons and how they dysregulated brain function. She will spend the summer months in South America where she watches the success of BRAIN Tumor a working model that is used to study early-stage growth and will begin developing a protocol and system for the AC of neurosurgery teams.

Finally she will stay at home for the first two years of the fellowship to continue for the next several years under it. She will also devote three months to rehabilitation at Louis Armstrong VA Medical Center Houston and Washington D. C. as a part of the continuing care of this serious illness.

Dr. Mark Gable executive director of Tulane Universitys Division of Oral Health recently awarded Dr. Gable the postdoctoral fellowship in Pulmonary Medicine Education (PEDEM) and Health Administration (PH) dedicated to addressing the challenges associated with oral health.