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April 2009
NBTS Launches New Pediatric Research Initiative
National Brain Tumor Society believes that the most effective route to greater understanding of pediatric brain tumors is to force a convergence of two key areas: comprehensive molecular profiling and developmental neurobiology.  More

Philanthropic Organizations Announce New Funding
The Brain Tumor Funders’ Collaborative announced a new funding initiative aimed at accelerating development of non- or minimally-invasive methods for monitoring if, when, and how human brain tumors are responding to investigational therapies.  More 

Research Grant Applications Due April 30
NBTS Research staff are excited that the influx of Innovation Grant applications includes projects from both academic and industry scientists. Basic and Advanced Grants applications from academic researchers across North America are welcome by way of initial Letters of Intent by this Thursday, April 30.  More 
Patients, Family & Friends
NBTS Testifies at ODAC Hearing for Avastin
Advocating for patients' rights to a range of treatment choices and options, NBTS Director of Patient Services, Harriet Patterson, represented the brain tumor patient community and relevant issues at the March 31 hearing regarding use of Avastin. 

Based upon the body of data available, ODAC voted unanimously that the response seen with Avastin in patients with previously-treated glioblastoma is of sufficient magnitude to be reasonably likely to predict clinical benefit. This vote is a recommendation and not a formal approval; the FDA is expected to make its decision on whether to grant accelerated approval of Avastin by May 5.  More

Amazing Day at Regional Brain Tumor Conference
Many thanks to the staff of The Brain Tumor Center at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York City and the hundreds of people who joined us for our recent Brain Tumor Conference.(Please note other upcoming dates to right.) 
Building community, spreading awareness, and raising funds are all critical components in the fight against brain tumors. Join these great events to benefit NBTS hosted by members of the brain tumor community. Get involved and make a difference today!  

2nd Annual Nick Gonzales Charity Golf Tournament
Come for a great day of golf for a great cause. Don't golf? Join up for dinner, fun, a raffle, and live auction on Friday, May 8, at Bridlewood Golf Club, Flower Mound, TX.  More

Team Billy Ride & Walk for Research 
Register today for the 5th Annual Team Billy Ride & Walk for Research on Sunday, May 17, in beautiful Saratoga Springs, NY. Join this inspiring day by biking 10, 25, or 50 miles or joining the 3-mile walk.  More

Don't miss NBTS events: Race for Hope - DC, Brain Tumor Walks in San Francisco and Denver, and Ride for Research outside Boston.  More
Ways to Help
Spread the Word About Sydney's Story
NBTS Board members recently created an incredibly moving video to build awareness about this devastating disease. Please help raise funds and pass the word. This emotional plea of a father speaks to everyone within and beyond our community as to why our cause is so urgent. Please help us raise funds and spread the word.   
View and share Sydney's Story

Brain Tumor Action Week Kicks Off in May
Ushering in the start of Brain Tumor Awareness Month this May is NABTC's Brain Tumor Action Week on Capitol Hill. Learn more about the brain tumor initiatives that NBTS and others are advocating and see how you can get involved.  
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The need has never been greater to raise vital funds for research and to support the unique needs of the brain tumor community. Register, donate, or volunteer today!

San Francisco - May 2:

15th Annual Bay Area Brain Tumor Walk  More

Washington, DC - May 3:

12th Annual Race for Hope
(to benefit NBTS and ABC2) 
Join David Cook, the Phelps family, and more.  More

Waltham, MA - May 31:
15th Annual Ride for Research through Boston suburbs  More

Denver, CO - June 6:
7th Annual Denver Brain Tumor Walk  More

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NBTS Regional Brain
Tumor Conferences

Houston TX, May 15-17 in partnership with University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center. Event Co-chaired by Sharon Lamb, RN/NBTS Board Member alongside Raymond Sawaya, MD.  More

Cincinnati, OH, June 20 in partnership with University of Cincinnati Neuroscience Institute Brain Tumor Center. Extended breakout sessions on acoustic and pituitary tumors and 15-minute physician consults.  More

Caregiver Workshops
Are you caring for a loved one with a brain tumor? Join NBTS in Rochester, NY on May 9, St. Paul, MN on May 22, or Boston, MA on June 6.  More

Pediatric Brain Tumor Conference - Albany, NY
On May 8, for pediatric oncologists, neurosurgeons, pediatricians, and caregivers.  More

Research in the News:
Biological Clue in Brain Tumor Development  More

Cellular Target May Prove Useful in Treating Deadly Brain Tumors  More

Fluorescent Cancer Cells to Guide Brain Surgeons 

National Brain Tumor Society is a nonprofit organization inspiring hope and providing leadership within the brain tumor community. We exist to find a cure and improve the quality of life for those affected by brain tumors. We fund strategic research, deliver support services, and promote collaboration.
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