William Donald Nash Brain Tumour Research Fellowship

The Story of the William Donald Nash Brain Tumour Research Fellowship

 

Supporting research into the potential causes of and cures for brain tumours is often great motivation for patients and families to get involved, to donate funds or time or to raise awareness about brain tumours. For William “Bill” Nash, a dairy farmer from Ingersoll, Ontario who was diagnosed with a brain tumour in 1992, this was particularly true. Bill was so committed to advancing research that he committed a portion of his future estate to the goal of a fellowship program targeting brain research.

 

 

Photo: William Donald Nash

Sadly Bill passed away in 2007. According to Bill’s cousin Vince Nash, "Bill certainly wanted a cure for brain tumours to be discovered and he understood the importance of research and youth mentorship to that goal."
 
Bill’s support for young people extended to the employment he offered on his dairy farm. Because of this specific interest in involving young people, the family worked to ensure that Bill’s gift included a learning aspect and also paid homage to the medical care he received. Vince notes, “Bill had a sincere appreciation for his caregivers and doctors who helped him through his journey with his brain tumour."

Launched in August 2009, this Fellowship is offered to help us with our vision to find the cause of and cure for brain tumours while improving the quality of life for those we serve. It is also offered in recognition of the critical need for increased focus on brain tumour research.The Fellowship encourages and enables young clinicians and scientists to enter the field of brain tumour research and will accelerate studies leading to a cure for brain tumours.

The Fellowship runs for two years and includes annual funds, to cover salary and lab expenses, of $50,000.

The current fellow, Dr. Carolina Nor, is at the Hospital for Sick Children, Toronto, ON. Her project started in 2016 and runs for two years. The project is Rationale targeting of very high risk medulloblastoma of childhood. Read more...

The previous fellow, Dr. Slawomir Kumala is at Jewish General Hospital, Segal Cancer Centre in Montreal, Quebec. His term started July 1, 2013 and ran for two years. The project is, Combi-molecule, ZRBA1, as a novel molecular targeted therapy integrated with high dose rate ionizing radiation to treat malignant glioma tumours. Read more...

The first recipient of this fellowship was Dr. Tommy Alain, his term ran from 2010 - 2012. Read about this research and final report.

A new candidate is chosen every two years.

  

Photo: Left to right are Dr. Joseph Megeysi, Chair, Brain Tumour Foundation of Canada; Phyllis Retty Chair of the Research Committee; Vince and Moira Nash; and Joyce Brown

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