Microgrant: Dr. Koschmann's Brain Cancer Research

For: miRcore microgrant
Ann Arbor, MI
Organizer: miRcore Volunteers
Microgrant: Dr. Koschmann's Brain Cancer Research (miRcore microgrant)
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The Story

Who we are

We are high school volunteers of miRcore, a 501(3)(C) non-profit organization, who raise awareness about personalized medicine – we are all special in a molecular level (genes) and need to be treated based on the uniqueness. To achieve personalized medicine in reality, more innovative research should be funded. Our microgrant program is to support innovation by providing money to prove the initial concept to be true or not. If true, the data will be used for seeking larger funding. If false, others can avoid repeating the false idea.

This year’s disease of focus is brain cancer and we will raise funds for two scientists researching on brain cancers. Each donation will counted as a vote and whoever receives more donations will get all raised funds between them at the end of the fundraiser. This fundraiser site is for Dr. Koschmann’s research. The other fundraiser is for Dr. Alghamri where you can check his research in the link.

Dr. Koschmann’s microgrant proposal (precise diagnosis)

Key points

  • Goal: To measure gene mutations from body fluid for tailored treatment (diagnostics)
  • Type of brain cancer: diffuse intrinsic pontine glioma
  • Experiments to perform: droplet digital PCR (ultra-sensitive polymerase chain reaction)

Our translation of his proposal

Dr. Koschmann is currently researching a new technique to diagnose glioblastomas, a particularly aggressive form of brain cancer primarily found in children. To effectively use targeted therapy on this type of cancer, a high-risk brain biopsy to obtain sample tumor cells is required, which means that children with glioblastoma are often treated with radiation and chemotherapy instead of targeted gene therapy. The Koschmann Lab's work in precision medicine pushes the boundaries of targeted therapies and precision diagnostics for children diagnosed with these brain tumors. Through highly collaborative basic, translational, and clinical research, the Koschmann Lab strives towards improving outcomes and providing hope for children fighting these devastating diseases. Please consider making a donation to help fuel novel research that could change the lives of children with brain cancer.

The detailed proposal can be provided by request.

Our voices

We are raising funds for microgrants because

“We want to get rid of the apathetic feelings high schoolers feel about the world around them. We want to inspire other people”

“We care about the research. We want public driven research.”

“We want to show others that we can achieve our goals.”

“We want to tell others what we care about.”

“We want to impact society in a positive way, reach out into society”

“We want to show that anybody can do it.”

“We want to inspire other high schoolers to make a difference.”

“We want to inform the public, advocate the disease”

“We want to be an example”


miRcore, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, is a forceful advocate in southeast Michigan for high school students’ innovative education in bioscience and awareness of genetic effects on health and in personalized medicine. Through our community outreach program, we have mentored high school students in computational biology, which integrates all fields of STEM, and in leadership since 2011. Every Saturday, we instruct students from 50 high schools in finding cures for real-life diseases by teaching computer programming, statistics, genomics, systems biology, and how to use these to analyze patient data with certain diseases/symptoms. We also support GIDAS (Genes in Diseases and Symptoms) chapters at their schools. We have a solid background teaching high school students in the area. We run summer programs for high school students on UM campus with co-sponsorship from the UM Women in Science and Engineering (WISE) Program.

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