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Synapse eNews is published monthly by NBTS for all members of the brain tumor community. It includes updates on Patient Services, Research, and Advocacy programs, the latest research news, as well as information on NBTS regional events. August 2010

We are pleased to announce the new research focus at the National Brain Tumor Society will be renamed the Mary Catherine Calisto Systems Biology Research Initiative to acknowledge her substantial contributions to NBTS. As Board Chair of the legacy organization, Brain Tumor Society, Mary Catherine’s leadership through the merger was invaluable. As NBTS Research Committee Chair, she was the driving force behind the revamping of the research program which has resulted in the exciting Systems Biology Initiative among other things. We are grateful for her dedication and honor her for her role in making NBTS what it is today and what it will be in the future.

Register for the 2010 NBTS Annual Meeting

Research reception at 2010 Annual Meeting
NBTS will be hosting a Research Reception in conjunction with our Annual Meeting on September 21, 2010, in San Francisco, Calif. Please join us from 5-7 PM to meet NBTS research grant recipients, learn more about NBTS funded projects and future initiatives, and celebrate the accomplishments of our community.

NBTS awards research grant to Tocagen
NBTS announced that it has awarded Tocagen Inc. an Innovation grant for the development of its promising new investigational treatment for glioblastoma multiforme (GBM). Tocagen is a private biopharmaceutical company with a focus on breakthrough treatments for advanced cancer. "With this grant, we look forward to working with NBTS in our shared mission to make a dramatic difference in the lives of people with brain cancer," said Harry Gruber, MD, CEO of Tocagen. Read more.
Patients, Family & Friends

My.BrainTumorCommunity featured section: Personal stories on the "Headquarters" Blog
Check out the Survivor and Caregiver Stories featured on the "Headquarters" Blog each week. Every Tuesday a survivor or caregiver is interviewed about their personal journey. To learn more about how to submit your story to the blog, email us at This week's blog topic is, "Choosing a Treatment Center."

Submit your story and a photo
Would you like to have your personal story featured at the Photo Gallery and Reception on Friday, October 8 at the "Living with a Brain Tumor" Conference in Dallas, Texas? Submit a photo and a short narrative online today! For more information about the conference and Photo Gallery and Reception, please visit:

Family Caregiver Workshop in Portland, Maine
Are you caring for a loved one with a brain tumor? Would you like to learn more about symptom management, cognitive changes and finding community resources?

Maine Medical Center is hosting a free Family Caregiver Workshop on Saturday, September 11, 2010. Learn more.

Ways to Help
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Learn more about ways to support NBTS and the brain tumor community by honoring a loved one, utilizing matching gifts, organizing your own fundraiser, shopping online with iGive, and more.

However you choose to support NBTS, thank you. Together we are making a difference!
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News and Events

Join us in the fight against brain tumors.
Portland, Ore. - Aug. 28
Brain Tumor Walk
San Diego, Calif. - Sept. 11
Brain Tumor Walk
New! Silicon Valley, Calif. - Sept. 19
Brain Tumor Ride
New! Boston, Mass. - Oct. 2
Brain Tumor Walk
Southern Calif. - Oct. 16
Brain Tumor Walk
Phoenix, Ariz. - Oct. 23
Brain Tumor Walk
Dallas-Ft. Worth, Texas - Nov. 6
Brain Tumor Walk
Philadelphia, Pa. - Nov. 7
Race for Hope

Get involved
Register, donate, or volunteer for one of our inspirational Fall events listed above! Nothing in your area? Check out other locations for upcoming community events or start an event of your own. Here are a couple coming up:

Philadelphia Phillies 'Get Your Head in the Game' Brain Tumor Awareness Night
Philadelphia, Pa.
September 7, 2010

Lauren's Angels Present: We Walk by Faith, Not by Sight
Gainesville, Fla.
September 29, 2010

Childhood Brain Tumor Foundation's Superheroes 5K & Kids' Fun Run
Chevy Chase, Md.
October 3, 2010

One patient’s story: life after neurosurgery
The Children's Hospital Boston's pediatric health blog recently featured Amy Rucki, a high school sophomore with a brain tumor. In her blog, Amy reflects on being a teen, brain surgery, and her long road to recovery.

Research in the news:
New Diagnostic Chip Able to Generate Single-Cell Molecular 'Fingerprints' for Brain Tumors

Iron Oxide Nanoparticles Becoming Tools for Brain Tumor Imaging and Treatment

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