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Synapse eNews is published monthly by NBTS for all members of the brain tumor community. It includes updates on Patient Services, Research, and Advocacy programs, the latest research news, as well as information on NBTS regional events. September 2010
2010 Annual Meeting
On September 21, the brain tumor community came together at NBTS's 2010 Annual Meeting, held this year at the Mission Bay Conference Center at UCSF in San Francisco. More than 200 people celebrated accomplishments, honored dedicated members of the community, and learned about the latest research being done to eradicate this terrible disease. Read more highlights from this inspirational evening.

At the meeting, NBTS announced the new Executive Committee of the Board of Directors for the coming year. Jeff Kolodin will serve as Chair, Cord Scholbohm, DMD as Vice-Chair, Ken Grey will continue in the role of Treasurer, and Francesca Venezia Dunbar takes over as Secretary. Additionally, Scott Memmott, Esq., has joined the Board as a new member. We are extremely grateful for the leadership that Allison Jones Thomson has provided for the past two years, and thank her for her past work as Board Chair.

Paul, Allison, and Jeff

Executive Director N. Paul TonThat, Outgoing Board Chair Allison Jones Thomson, and Current Board Chair Jeff Kolodin

Neurological surgeon is encouraged by vaccine trial to battle brain tumors
Andrew T. Parsa, MD, PhD, of the University of California, San Francisco, whose research has been supported by NBTS, is encouraged by early and preliminary results from his study to evaluate overall survival in patients taking part in a project that offers a "vaccine" to battle brain tumors. Read more on the NBTS website or watch a video from CNN about Dr. Parsa's research.

New clinical phase III-study for anaplastic astrocytoma starts in the US
Antisense Pharma recently announced the SAPPHIRE Phase III study for patients diagnosed with refractory or recurrent anaplastic astrocytoma only. The study will assess the efficacy, safety, and effect on quality of life of trabedersen (AP 12009) in these patients, compared with standard chemotherapies. Read more.
Patients, Family & Friends

Don't miss the Living with a Brain Tumor Conference!
Join the National Brain Tumor Society on October 8-9, 2010, in Dallas, Texas for an exciting conference created for patients, survivors, and their families. The day will feature presentations from multidisciplinary health professionals on a wide range of topics, and will provide opportunities for patients and families to receive support and connect with others. Visit our website to learn more or to register.

Meningioma Awareness Day in Boston, Mass.
The Brain Science Foundation, in collaboration with the Hahnemann Hospital Foundation, Brigham & Women's Hospital, and the Daniel E. Ponton Fund for the Neurosciences, is pleased to present Meningioma Awareness Day 2010: Empowerment Starts Here on Saturday, October 2. Harriet Patterson, Director of Patient Services, will be speaking at a session titled "The Impact of Healthcare Reform on Brain Tumor and Patient Care." Learn more.

Update on the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act
September 23, 2010, marks six months since the Congress enacted and President Obama signed into law the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. The law will not be fully implemented until 2014, but important provisions of the Affordable Care Act are effective beginning September 23, 2010, including some that offer important protections to those with brain tumors. Read more.


Fall Event Season Kicks Off!
The NBTS 2010 fall event season got underway in the end of August. Thanks to everyone involved! Some highlights include:
Even with three fall events completed, we have lots of exciting events coming up, including the inaugural Boston Brain Tumor Walk on Oct. 2, the Southern California Brain Tumor Walk on Oct. 16, and the Phoenix Brain Tumor Walk on Oct. 23. And that's just October!
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News and Events

Join us in the fight against brain tumors.
New! Boston, Mass. - Oct. 2
Brain Tumor Walk
Southern Calif. - Oct. 16
Brain Tumor Walk
Phoenix, Ariz. - Oct. 23
Brain Tumor Walk
Dallas-Ft. Worth, Texas - Nov. 6
Brain Tumor Walk
Philadelphia, Pa. - Nov. 7
Race for Hope

NBTS out and about
Some of the upcoming events in which NBTS is participating:

Society for Integrative Oncology Conference
November 11-13, 2010
New York, New York
Harriet Patterson, Director of Patient Services, will speak on patient advocacy and integrative oncology

Society for Neuro-Oncology Meeting
November 18-21, 2010
Montreal, Canada
NBTS is a Platinum Sponsor for this year's event!
Mary Lovely, RN, PhD, Medical Information Specialist, will chair the Quality of Life Education Day

Tulips Against Tumors
6th Annual Tulips Against Tumors Tribute
Tulips are a beautiful symbol of hope and faith in a brighter future. The Kelly Heinz-Grundner Foundation (KHG) celebrates this triumph of hope with the Tulips Against Tumors program. With the merger between KHG and the National Brain Tumor Society (NBTS), Tulips Against Tumors will reach gardens all across the country! Your purchase helps support NBTS research, patient services, advocacy, and awareness programs. Order your tulips today!

President Proclaims September as National Childhood Cancer Awareness Month
On September 10, President Obama proclaimed September as National Childhood Cancer Awareness Month, and encouraged Americans to join him in "recognizing and reaffirming our commitment to fighting childhood cancer." Read the full proclamation.

Telford receives Athlete of the Month honor
Congratulations to BethAnn Telford, who has raised hundreds of thousands of dolllars for NBTS, as she was recently named the USA Triathalon Rudy Project Amateur Multisport Athlete of the Month. Read her entire nomination.

"Jog for Jackie" raises over $7,000 for NBTS
"Jog for Jackie" was held on Saturday, June 26, in honor of the late Jacqueline Hoobler Ruestman who sadly passed away on June 17, 2008, after battling a brain tumor for five years. Although the race took place in the small town of El Paso, Illinois, the generousity of the residents living there was tremendous. "Jog for Jackie" raised over $7,000 for NBTS.

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