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Synapse eNews is published monthly by NBTS for all members of the brain tumor community. It includes updates on our Research and Public Policy and Advocacy programs, as well as the latest research and community news, and information on NBTS regional events. December
Seasons greetings
Best wishes this holiday season and in the new year from the Board and staff of the National Brain Tumor Society. May 2012 be the year that we look back on as the turning point in the fight against brain tumors.
A cure can't waitA cure can't wait
In this season of giving, you can give a gift that can help make critical research breakthroughs possible. Help us raise $150,000 by December 31 to kick-start groundbreaking research in 2012. Please make your tax-deductible gift today!
 
If you are age 70 or over and have not yet taken all of the Required Minimum Distribution from your IRA this year, you are eligible for a special federal tax provision that allows you to make a gift via a direct transfer to the National Brain Tumor Society from the IRA before December 31, 2011. For more information about charitable gift planning, contact Barbara Vejvoda, Chief Development Officer, at (617) 393-2831 or bvejvoda@braintumor.org.
Photo: NBTS Advocates in Washington, D.C.Together we made our advocacy voice stronger in 2011
Hundreds of brain tumor community members signed up to become advocates in 2011 and thousands of letters were sent to Congress urging support for research. Advocacy leaders from all across the country also met with Members of Congress, made phone calls, and put us on the map with Congress. We helped make cancer research funding a bipartisan issue and partnered with the National Cancer Institute (NCI) to raise the awareness and importance of systems biology cancer research. Congress is still working on a federal budget – so please take a moment to write one more letter to Congress. Thanks for making the voice of the brain tumor community stronger.
In memory of Bob Gibbs
The staff and board of the National Brain Tumor Society would like to extend its sincere condolences to the family of Bob Gibbs, who passed away from brain cancer on December 10, 2011, after a seven-year battle. Read more about Bob's contribution to the brain tumor community.
Photo: 2011 Bay Area WalkA community of giving
Thank you to the more than 33,000 people who participated in NBTS Walks, Rides, and Races this year to make a difference in the fight against brain tumors. You raised nearly $7 million for cutting-edge brain tumor research, helpful patient information, and critical advocacy work. It's not too late to help. Donate or sign up for a 2012 event near you. Reaching out the your friends, family, community, and sponsors helps to raise awareness and vital funds which strengthen the brain tumor community.
 
A special thank you to brain tumor survivors for everything you do. You inspire us every day.
Learning more about medulloblastoma
NBTS has partnered with American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) to present Medulloblastoma: Treatment and Late Effects, a free CME accredited e-learning module. It includes three patient cases presented by NBTS Board member, Dr. Paul Fisher from Stanford Cancer Center, Dr. Amar Gajjar from St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, and Dr. Roger Packer from Children’s National Medical Center. Learn more.
Photo: Sheri LeiterA gift that gives
Give a gift that someone will love while helping to find a cure for brain tumors. Sheri Leiter is donating 40 percent of sales of jewelry from her site to NBTS in memory of her mother, Sue Leiter, and her lifelong friend, Monica Honowitz. Check out the beautiful gift ideas on her website.
Community events update
Upcoming Community Event
Beef & Beer
January 27, 2012

Get your tickets for the 5th Annual Beef & Beer Auction on Friday, Jan 27 at the Hockessin Memorial Hall in Wilmington, Del. Enjoy a night of great food, music and dancing and bid on some great auction items, including a Sonoma California wine experience. Last year's event was sold out, so be sure to get your tickets early! Learn more.
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Save the date for our 2012 events!

Phoenix, Ariz. - March 18
Brain Tumor Walk

Wilmington, Del. - April 28
Brain Tumor Walk

San Francisco, Calif. - May 5
Brain Tumor Walk

Washington, D.C. - May 6
Race for Hope - DC

Find out just how close we are to vital brain tumor breakthroughs - Take the Quiz

Items of Interest
Have you been reading the "Headquarters" Blog?
Here are a few highlights from the blog this past month:

MD Anderson creates institute to accelerate cancer drug development
Two researchers who have taken part in NBTS-organized symposia have key positions in the newly formed Institute for Applied Cancer Science at The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center. Read more.

Old Drugs Find New Target For Treating Brain Tumor
Santosh Kesari, MD, PhD, who recently received a Mary Catherine Calisto Systems Biology Initiative grant from NBTS, is the co-corresponding author of a paper on targeting a newly identified mutation associated with glioblastoma. Read more.

Resources: Clinical Trials and Research Findings
This blog contains a list of reliable resources can help you stay up-to-date on the latest brain tumor research and clinical trials. Read more.

Recent Articles

Nanoparticles seek and destroy drug-resistant glioblastoma

Celldex Boldly Goes Alone in Pivotal Trial of Rindopepimut

RTOG Activates a Phase II Study to Help Determine the Best Treatment Strategies for Patients with Low-Risk, Low-Grade Glioma Brain Tumors

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