Transforming Tomorrow, Today

Published by the National Brain Tumor Society, this monthly newsletter includes updates on our integrated research, advocacy, and public policy programs, as well as upcoming events across the nation and in your community.

October 2012

National Brain Tumor Society 2012 Summit

2012 Boston WalkEarlier this month, the National Brain Tumor Society was honored to host brain tumor patients, advocates and their families, as well as leaders across academia, government, industry, and nonprofit at the 2012 Summit. Comprised of several events over three days, it provided an opportunity for the brain tumor community to come together, and share the latest in brain tumor research, celebrate accomplishments, and take action to make our voices heard. The 2012 Summit included our annual meeting, the first convening of our state lead advocates, a research symposium, and the Boston Brain Tumor Walk which rallied over 3,000 participants and raised more than $500,000 to fund critical brain tumor research. Wow, what an amazing and inspirational few days!

Here are a few examples of what we heard from the 2012 Summit attendees:

MCCSBI Workshop “I’ve learned that National Brain Tumor Society has taken on two challenges. One is to advance brain cancer research and to really bring new opportunities to patients. The second is to promote systems biology in medical research, and cancer research…by being an advocate they are being a leader in this field…I think it’s inevitable that others will witness that, and try to model it.”

Thomas Graeber, University of California, Los Angeles
2012 Grant Recipient

2012 Summit Presenter 2.png“I’m super excited that National Brain Tumor Society had the vision to try and bring together academic and industrial partners in this. It allows the work that we’re doing to be translated into real treatments for actual patients.”

Edward Driggers, Agios Pharmaceuticals
2012 Grant Recipient

“Innovation is far from dead…I’m very optimistic that we will see some huge changes in the next five to ten years.”

Dr. Anna Barker
Transformative Healthcare Networks
and Complex Adaptive Systems Initiative, Arizona State University

Dr. Foti Award_2012 Summit“It continues to be very satisfying that we are able to advance cancer systems biology, together, as a major scientific area that holds enormous potential for new discoveries and translating these (discoveries) to the clinic….We really applaud National Brain Tumor Society for its innovative approach to brain tumor research.”

Margaret Foti, American Association for Cancer Research
2012 Founders Award Recipient

“I found my way to the National Brain Tumor Society and they were focusing on advocacy. And, that is how I got involved. They had all the facts and figures and were ready to go, to support me and communicate with members of Congress…I was really impressed.”

Clint Murphy, Georgia State Lead Advocate

2012-2013 State Lead Advocates“When you think of childhood cancer you think of leukemia…you don’t think of brain tumors. I want people to be aware that it can happen to anybody, no matter what their age, race, color or creed.”

Karen Pierce
Delaware State Lead Advocate

Thank you to all who participated in our 2012 Summit, including speakers, patients, survivors, advocates, sponsors, and guests. We are incredily grateful to the brain tumor community for your support, your commitment, and your never ending source of inspiration.

In case you weren’t able to attend this inspirational and informative event, you can view the event highlights, videos, speaker list, and award recipients here.

Community Events Update

First Annual Race for the Brain Event
Westerville, OH - 10/28
Race for the Brain honors the patients Angi Miller, a surgical assistant, has met who are currently seeking treatments and bravely battling all types of brain tumors.

Find an upcoming event or email to start your own community event. Get involved today!

Tulips Against Tumors

Take part in the Tulips Against Tumors program to honor all those who have been affected by a brain tumor and help raise brain tumor awareness across the United States. Order your tulips today!

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Upcoming Events

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

Philadelphia, PA - 11/4
Race for Hope Philadelphia

Carlsbad, CA - 11/8
Charity Golf Classic




National Brain Tumor Society 2012 Summit

2012 NBTS Summit sign
View the event highlights, updates, and photos.

Advocate of the Month

Clint Murphy Advocate

Clint Murphy
Learn more about Clint,
and our latest advocacy and public policy updates.

In the Brain Tumor Community

NBTS Chief Scientific Officer David Hurwitz to speak at Center of Cancer Systems Biology Lecture
October 30, 2012
Boston, MA

The Pablove Foundation Presents Pediatric Brain Tumor Symposium
November 10, 2012
Los Angeles, CA

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

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National Brain Tumor Society is fiercely committed to finding better treatments, and ultimately a cure, for people living with a brain tumor today and anyone who will be diagnosed tomorrow. This means effecting change in the system at all levels.
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