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June 2009
NBTS Receives Record Response to 2009 RFA
This year, NBTS saw a 28% increase in responses to its Request For Applications for its Standard, Advanced, and Innovation grant programs. The scientific review is currently underway, led by our notable Scientific Advisory Council. Grant recipients will be announced by August 31 and celebrated at the NBTS Annual Meeting in Washington, DC on September 24, 2009.

American Society for Clinical Oncology (ASCO)
45th Annual Meeting 
This year's conference presented cutting-edge developments in oncology with a focus on personalized approaches to cancer treatment. Research highlighted some of the first positive data on the effectiveness of therapeutic cancer vaccines, recent advances in the role of genes in cancer development, and targeted therapies promising to make personalized medicine a reality for brain tumor patients.

David Hurwitz, PhD, NBTS Richard B. Ross Chief Scientific Officer, reports that NBTS-funded researcher and Scientific Advisory Council member John Sampson, MD, PhD, along with Pfizer and Celldex Therapeutics, provided updates on GBM progression and overall survival rates from Phase 2 clinical trials with CDX-110 (PF-04948568) and temozolomide with promising results. Cancer vaccines, meant to stimulate the body's immune system to attack tumors while having few side effects, are a therapeutic approach that protects a patient's quality of life.  More
Patients, Family & Friends
Friends of Brain Tumor Patients and Survivors - Volunteer and Support Opportunities
Are you a friend of a brain tumor patient or survivor and would like to provide support for others as part of a Support Network? NBTS offers a Peer Support Network for patients, survivors, family members, and now, friends. If you are interested in learning more, please email us.

Our Peer Support Network provides an opportunity for all those affected by brain tumors, including newly diagnosed patients, long-term survivors, and caregivers, to connect with other survivors and caregivers over the phone or by email.  More
Spreading Awareness, Raising Funds, 
and Making a Real Difference!
Many, many thanks to the 15,000 individuals who participated in NBTS events in Washington, DC, San Francisco, Denver, and Boston this spring. Across the country, more than $2 million has already been raised to support NBTS' research and patient support programs.

You can still make a difference. Visit braintumorcommunity.org and make a donation to the Race for Hope-DC, the Ride for Research, or a Brain Tumor Walk in the Bay Area or Denver.
Or register for our upcoming fall events in Portland, OR, San Diego, CA, Huntington Beach, CA, Phoenix, AZ, Dallas-Fort Worth, TX Philadelphia, PA, or New York, NY.  More

Check out these creative ways people are uniting to fight brain tumors:
  • Brain Tumor Awareness Day at the Oakland A's, Oakland, CA. Ticket proceeds and silent auction to benefit NBTS.  More
  • David M. Bailey, Walnut Creek, CA. Free benefit concert.  More
  • Elizabeth Hutchinson Memorial Road Race, North Falmouth, MA. 5-mile fun run/3.5-mile walk.  More
Ways to Help
How to Help
Join us in the fight against brain tumors! There are many ways to support the critical work of the National Brain Tumor Society, and your contributions make a real difference. Your gifts help us advance the most promising research for improved treatments and a cure, and provide much-needed information, support, and services to patients and families coping with a brain tumor diagnosis.   
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News and Events

NBTS Annual Meeting:
Save the Date!
Washington, DC - Sept. 24

Join Us in the Fight Against Brain Tumors
Register, donate, or volunteer today.

Portland, OR - Sept. 12
4th Annual Portland Brain Tumor Walk  More 
San Diego, CA - Sept. 26
8th Annual San Diego Brain Tumor Walk  More 
New York City - Oct. 18
4th Annual Have A Chance Walk  More 

Other upcoming events: Huntington Beach, Phoenix, Philadelphia, and Dallas-Fort Worth  More 

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ASCO Accepting Artwork for 2010 Calendar
ASCO invites anyone affected by cancer to inspire hope through art. For details on the "Expressions of Hope" calendar, call 571.483.1375. Artwork due July 31.

Acoustic Neuroma Association 19th National Symposium
Chicago, IL, August 14-16


Understanding Long-Term Survivor Issues
Study looking for long-term patients (3+ yrs) and their caregivers of highly anaplastic astrocytomas, glioblastomas, and high grade oligodendrogliomas. Recruiting specifically in the Chicago, Cleveland, and Central Florida regions.  
Email for Details

SNO International Outreach Research Fellowship
Call for Applicants

New, one-year fellowship for professionals from outside North America to perform clinical, translational, or basic research in pediatric or adult neuro-oncology in a clinical and/or laboratory setting in the U.S. or Canada.  More

Research in the News:
Tumor Growth and Chemo Response May Be Predicted By Mathematical Model  More

Novel Mechanism Controlling Tumor Growth in the Brain Uncovered  More

National Brain Tumor Society is a nonprofit organization inspiring hope and providing leadership within the brain tumor community. We exist to find a cure and improve the quality of life for those affected by brain tumors. We fund strategic research, deliver support services, and promote collaboration.
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