Cindy’s family established the Cynthia Lynn Sherwin Chair of Research through the auspices of the Brain Aneurysm Foundation to honor Cindy’s life. These grants specifically fund scientific research directed at the early detection and prevention of brain aneurysms.

Each Chair of Research provides funding for one grant recipient for one year. Grant awards are presented at the Brain Aneurysm Foundation’s Annual Research Grant Awards Symposium during the month of September. Each year, the Research Grant Committee, a team of world-renowned neurosurgeons from The Brain Aneurysm Foundation’s Medical Advisory Board, carefully reviews all the research grant requests from neuroscience leaders and determines which projects merit funding.

The Brain Aneurysm Foundation has become the world’s leading source of private funding of brain aneurysm research. When possible, the research grant awards are presented by the grant donor. Researchers are honored to receive a Chair of Research and they are inspired by the personal stories behind each Chair.

A second Chair of Research was established in 2015 to recognize the fundraising efforts of the Escape from Alcatraz team led by Mr. Kevin Brennan. The grant is the TeamCindy-Escape from Alcatraz Chair of Research.


Matthew Alexander, MD

The University of California San Francisco

TeamCindy Alcatraz Chair of Research: $20,000

Awarded for: Genetic Analysis of Cardiovascular Disease and Inflammation in Individuals with Cerebral Aneurysms: Toward Propensity Scores for Predicting Development and Risk of Rupture

Ahmed J. Awad, MD

Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, Mount Sinai Health System

Cynthia Lynn Sherwin Chair of Research: $20,000

Awarded for: The Role of Epigenetic and Genetic Variants in the Molecular Pathogenesis
of Intracranial Aneurysms in Human


William Gibson, MD

The University of British Columbia, Child & Family Research Institute

Cynthia Lynn Sherwin Chair of Research: $25,000

Awarded for: Exome Sequencing Study of Dominant Mutations in Familial Brain Aneurysms


Hui Meng, Ph D

The State University of New York at Buffalo

The Carol W. Harvey Memorial Chair of Research: $25,000 TeamCindy – Alcatraz Chair of Research*: $10,000

Awarded for:  Development of Blood-­Based Biomarkers for Brain Aneurysm Detection: Stage II Model Development


Pina C. Sanelli, MD, MPH, FACR

North Shore – Long Island Jewish Health System

Cynthia Lynn Sherwin Chair of Research, a $25,000 grant awarded for: Evaluating Microvascular Dysfunction as a Predictor of Delayed Cerebral Ischemia and Poor Outcomes after Aneurysmal Subarachnoid Hemorrhage


Yunxia Tao, Ph.D.,

Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center.

Dr. Tao was awarded the, Cynthia Lynn Sherwin Chair of Research a $25,000 grant to fund her research – Pilot Study:   Evaluate the Potential of using PKD1 Expression and Function Level as a Risk Marker for Intracranial Aneurysm Rupture.


Michael Chen, M.D., Assistant Professor in Neurology, Neurosurgery and Radiology,

Rush University Medical Center, Chicago, IL.

Dr. Chen was awarded the Cynthia Lynn Sherwin Chair of Research, a $20,000 grant for his research – Timed Hormone Replacement Therapy for Women with Cerebral Aneurysms.


William Ashley, Jr., Ph.D., M.D., MBA Assistant Professor

University of Texas at Houston, Houston, TX.

Dr. Ashley was awarded the Cynthia Lynn Sherwin Chair of Research, a $20,000 grant for his research – Neuroproteomic Analysis of CSF-derived Microparticles in Cerebral Vasospasm Following Aneurysmal Subarachnoid Hemorrhage


Cynthia Lynn Sherwin Chair of Research – $20,000

J Javier Provencio, M.D. -Neurological Intensive Care Unit Doctor at the Cleveland Clinic Neurological Institute – “Timing

Neutrophil Inactivation to Prevent Vasospasm in Murine Model” – Cleveland Clinic – Cleveland, OH


Tom Schweizer, M.D

St. Michael’s Hospital – Toronto, Canada

$15,000 Cynthia Lynn Sherwin Chair of Research – “Neurocognitive, Neuroimaging, and Functional Profile of Patients after Aneurismal Subarachnoid Hemorrhage”