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August 2012

In the Brain Tumor Community

Dr. Howard FineDr. Howard Fine, 'America's Neuro-Oncologist', Heads to NYU

Dr. Howard Fine, the first Director of National Cancer Institute’s (NCI) Center for Cancer Research Neuro-Oncology Branch and our esteemed colleague, has accepted a new position as Deputy Director of New York University’s (NYU) Cancer Center, Director of Oncology/Hematology/Bone Marrow Transplantation, and Director of the new NYU Brain Tumor Center in New York, NY. Dr. Fine states, “With a central leadership role in all of cancer care, including translational and basic research at NYU, along with my close interactions with the Neuroscience Institute, I expect to be able to bring discoveries and novel therapies to our brain tumor patients in a much more expedient and dynamic manner than was ever possible in the past.”

Dr. Fine also shared his continuing commitment to patients: “For local patients and those willing to travel to New York City, I would be honored to see them in consultation or be their treating neuro-oncologist. Please know that if any patient would like to see me in New York beginning in September, they should contact Blake Brie, 212-731-5089 to coordinate their visit.”

National Brain Tumor Society thanks Dr. Fine for his steadfast dedication to patients and outstanding contributions to the field of brain tumor research. And to think, we awarded Dr. Fine a brain tumor research grant 20 years ago this year!

Spinning Southward 1Spinning Southward DVD Release Trailer - Watch it on YouTube

This inspiring documentary film follows a cycling adventure from the far northern shores of Prudhoe Bay, Alaska to the tip of South America to raise awareness and funds for brain tumor research. The riders, brothers John and Mike Logsdon and filmmaker, Nateon Ajello, were inspired to honor the memories of their mothers, Jean Logsdon and Fran Ajello, who both lost their lives to brain tumors.

After debuting his film to our audiences as part of receiving the NBTS Community Leadership Award for Awareness, filmmaker Nateon Ajello has now released "Spinning Southward" on DVD. Watch the trailer here.

Liz SalmiAdvocate of the Month: Liz Salmi

This month, we honor Sacramento resident and commander-in-chief of the Liz Army, Liz Salmi. A blogging maven and inspirational leader to the brain tumor community, Liz has worked tirelessly to raise awareness among patients and survivors, and has partnered with us to educate members of Congress on critical issues such as the need for research funding and access to essential health care services. As a brain tumor survivor she has graciously shared her journey with thousands, and continues to be a friend, support system, and voice of this community. So, this month we salute Liz Salmi as our advocate of the month. Thank you, Liz, for all that you are, and what you are doing for this community. 

To learn more, read our latest Public Policy and Advocacy Update.  While you’re there, help us to reach our goal of 10,000 advocates in August by signing up and asking others to do the same.

Jackie OswoldIn Memory of Jackie Oswold

We are deeply saddened by the passing of Jacqueline (Jackie) Oswold. She was an inspiration to all who knew her and was determined to make a difference in brain tumor research to find a cure. Over the last four years, Jackie raised over $210,000 through her participation with the Bay Area Brain Tumor Walk and was recognized in 2011 with the Jacqueline Oswold Chair in Systems Biology, a research grant named in her honor. National Brain Tumor Society remembers Jackie and the larger community of special people we have lost to this disease as we continue to fight for a cure.

Community Events Update

Brain Tumor Awareness Night with the Philadelphia Phillies
Philadelphia, PA - 9/10
Attend the Philadelphia Phillies Brain Tumor Awareness Night to raise funds for research and support patient education. The event is sponsored by NBTS and Thomas Jefferson University Department of Neurological Surgery. To buy tickets, visit the event website.

Bloomingdales Fashion Show & Brunch
Chestnut Hill, MA - 9/23
Join us for a special brunch and fashion show event at Bloomingdales in Chestnut Hill, MA. All registered attendees will receive a special storewide savings pass to use all day. A portion of the day’s sales will benefit NBTS. To RSVP or learn more, contact Shkeya Brittle at Space is limited.

Lindsay Richardson and Kate Trono are Pedaling for the Cure
Starting from San Francisco, CA, Lindsay and Kate are biking about 100 miles a day until they reach Boston, MA later next month. Follow their courageous journey at as they raise brain tumor awareness across the US, in memory of Terry Trono and Steve Foster, both victims of glioblastoma multiforme (GBM) tumors.

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Upcoming Events

Orange County, CA - 9/8

Orange County Brain Tumor Walk

Dallas-Ft. Worth, TX - 9/29
Dallas-Ft. Worth Brain Tumor Walk

Boston, MA - 10/13
Boston Brain Tumor Walk

Los Angeles, CA - 10/28
Los Angeles Brain Tumor Walk 

Philadelphia, PA - 11/4
Race for Hope Philadelphia

Carlsbad, CA - 11/8
NBTS Charity Golf Classic

National Brain Tumor Society 2012 Summit

October 11-12

We’re putting the finishing touches on this year’s program, and we look forward to sharing the highlights from our annual meeting and scientific symposium with all of you – stay tuned for more.

In the Brain Tumor Community

Penn Medicine, Abramson Cancer Center Presents Discovery to Recovery for Adults with Brain Cancer Conference & Discovery to Recovery for Parents of Children with Brain Cancer Conference

September 21, 2012
Philadelphia, PA

Johns Hopkins Comprehensive Brain Tumor Center Presents
11th Annual International Neuro-Oncology Updates

September 20-21, 2012
Baltimore, MD

Jefferson Hospital for Neuroscience Presents
 2nd Annual Brain Tumor Symposium: Advances in the Diagnosis & Treatment of Benign and Malignant Brain Tumors

October 19, 2012
Philadelphia, PA

The Society for Neuro-Oncology (SNO) Presents
17th Annual Scientific Meeting and Education Day
November 15-18, 2012
Washington, DC

NBTS partners with CaringBridge, a nonprofit offering many ways for people to care for each other during any type of health event, with services such as CaringBridge Sites and SupportPlanner, an online calendar. Visit to learn more.

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