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April 2012

May CalendarMay is Brain Tumor Awareness Month

Find out what you can do in May to be a part of Brain Tumor Awareness Month. Join with the National Brain Tumor Society (NBTS) and Head to the Hill to advocate for resources and policies that are vital to the brain tumor community, participate in events across the country, or get involved in one of many other ways. Learn more about Brain Tumor Awareness Month.

Dental X-rays and Meningioma Risk

A study published in the journal Cancer found that past exposure to dental X-rays may be associated with an increased risk of developing a meningioma. Read what NBTS Chief Scientific Officer David R. Hurwitz, PhD wrote about the study.

A Community Uniting

A growing number of people are making a difference in the fight against brain tumors by becoming advocates with the National Brain Tumor Society. Nearly 100 advocates will be in Washington, D.C. for Head to the Hill on May 7 and 8 to tell their Members of Congress why it is important to support policies that affect the brain tumor community. Learn what takes place at Head to the Hill, register today to join them, or find out what advocates are accomplishing closer to home and what issues are important.

Andrea Califano at NBTS Systems Biology SymposiumAndrea Califano PhD and the Cancer Cell Assembly Manual

The National Brain Tumor Society Systems Biology Symposium video from Andrea Califano, PhD is now available on the NBTS website. Dr. Califano shares pioneering methods to reconstruct the assembly manual of the cancer cell and build predictive models of drug activity. "National Brain Tumor Society's Symposium was exciting... we're starting to see the convergence of systems chemical biology. To build models of activity of the drug that are very genetically driven." View now.

Special David Cook Benefit Concert

Join us for the Night of Hope Benefit on Saturday, May 5, featuring a moving program and an intimate, rare acoustic performance by platinum selling musician David Cook. The Night of Hope will celebrate the brain tumor community, and honor Children’s National Medical Center’s Heroes for Hope with proceeds benefiting the Race for Hope - DC. Learn more and purchase tickets here.

Community Events Update
Upcoming Community Event
Nick Gonzales Charity Golf Tournament and Dinner
Dallas, Texas - April 27
Proceeds from this fun and inspirational fifth annual event helps to fund an annual research grant through NBTS. Learn more.

The Mary Kline Classic
Pennington, N.J. - May 5
This second annual basketball tournament will feature senior and underclassman games, a slam-dunk contest, and a three-point shootout. Learn more.

No Brainer Benefit Concert
Philadelphia, Pa. - May 6
Back by popular demand, the concert will feature full-band performances from Avi and Dov Benjamin Wisnia along with additional performers from the brain tumor community, a silent auction, and all-you-can-eat buffet. Learn more.

NBTS Facebook Cover PhotoNew NBTS Facebook Timeline

The NBTS Facebook Page has a new look. Check it out, be sure to "like it," and help us to reach 10,000 followers by the end of Brain Tumor Awareness Month in May. Watch this inspiring video that was recently posted.

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Save the date for our 2012 events!

Wilmington, Del. - April 28
Brain Tumor Walk

San Francisco, Calif. - May 5
Brain Tumor Walk

Washington, D.C. - May 4, 6
Golf for Hope
Race for Hope - DC

Boston, Mass. - May 20
Brain Tumor Ride

Saratoga Springs, N.Y.- May 20
Team Billy Ride & Walk for Research

Denver, Colo. - June 2
Denver Brain Tumor Walk

New York, N.Y. - June 16
New York Brain Tumor Walk

See all events

Items of Interest

Have you been reading the NBTS "Headquarters" Blog? The Headquarters Blog covered the Supreme Court’s review of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) with entries that highlight the ACA provisions that affect the brain tumor community; the individual mandate, which requires that everyone carry health insurance coverage; and whether the Medicaid expansion in the law is a form of coercion.

NBTS in the News
NBTS Clinical Science Officer, Mary Lovely, PhD, RN, commented on research studies for an article in Oncology Times on the use of questionnaires to discover a patient's quality of life needs, and an article written for Reuters Health about Phase II trial results for a treatment option for children with refractory low-grade glioma.

In the Brain Tumor Community
CancerCare is offering a free, four-part workshop series beginning on April 24 called Living With, Through, and Beyond Cancer. You can listen to these workshops by phone or via live streaming through the internet. Learn more.

Recent Articles
Apogenix Announces that APG101 Meets Primary Endpoint in a Controlled Phase II Trial with Glioblastoma Patients

Non-invasive imaging can detect mutations within a brain tumor

EGFR Mutation Unique to Glioblastoma May Explain Lack of Response to Traditional EGFR Inhibitors

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