Proceeds from the April 2013 Aces Against Aneurysms fundraising tennis tournament have been awarded by the Brain Aneurysm Foundation to Dr. Ciaran Powers, a vascular neurosurgeon at The Ohio State University. A total of $10,000 was granted to Dr. Powers to further his research on Micro RNA Profiling of Aneurysmal Subarachnoid Hemorrhage. Dr. Powers treats cerebrovascular diseases through open (i.e. clipping) and endovascular (i.e. coiling) techniques. He hopes to discover a treatment for the delayed cerebral ischemia (DCI) can follow aneurysm rupture (so called “vasospasm”). “I am hopeful that I may find some intracellular signaling pathway that causes DCI and maybe a better understanding of what’s going on in the brain will help us treat this problem,” said Dr. Powers.
Aces Against Aneurysms is an annual tennis tournament started in 2010 by aneurysm survivor Rebecca Winchell of Mandeville, LA. Winchell survived a potentially deadly brain hemorrhage as a result of an aneurysm three years ago and made a promise to raise awareness in the area. Proceeds from the tennis tournament are earmarked for the National Brain Aneurysm Foundation and aneurysm research.
Visit www.brainsupportnola.com for information on next year’s tournament, scheduled for April at the Pelican Athletic Club in Mandeville.