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Synapse eNews is published monthly by NBTS for all members of the brain tumor community. It includes updates on our Patient Services, Research, and Advocacy and Public Policy programs, as well as the latest research news, and information on NBTS regional events. February 2011
NBTS presents Angiochem with Innovation Award
Angiochem, Inc., has been presented with the NBTS Innovation Recognition Award for its progress in developing novel treatments for brain tumors that are capable of crossing the blood-brain barrier. The Award acknowledges catalytic research projects that will significantly move the field of brain tumor research forward. Read more.
New York Brain Tumor WalkJoin us for the inaugural New York Brain Tumor Walk
New York is joining with cities from around the country to raise a united voice in the fight against brain tumors. NBTS's inaugural New York Brain Tumor Walk is one of nine walks that take place throughout the year to raise brain tumor awareness and essential funds. Families, friends, and co-workers are invited to join as a team or an individual for the inspirational, all-ages fundraising walk and community day to support the brain tumor cause. Read more.
Register for the Meningioma WebinarRegister for our upcoming meningioma webinar!
Please join NBTS and the Brain Science Foundation for an upcoming free webinar titled, "Meningioma: Treatment and Research Updates." Our special guest speaker is Dr. Michael McDermott, UCSF neuro-surgeon and meningioma expert. Mark your calendars for March 1, 2011 at 10 AM PST/1PM EST. To reserve your spot, complete the online registration form. For questions about the webinar, please visit our webinar Frequently Asked Questions page. We hope you’ll be able to join us!
Continuing Medical Education online course available
A free, web-based educational course on brain tumors is available online for healthcare professionals and the general public alike. “Latest Advances in the Diagnosis and Treatment of Malignant Gliomas” is presented by the Abramson Cancer Center of the University of Pennsylvania and The Kelly Heinz-Grundner Brain Tumor Foundation, a subsidiary of NBTS. This multidisciplinary educational activity outlines the latest innovative approaches to treat patients with newly diagnosed tumors. The course is CME-certified by the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. This activity has been approved for AMA PRA Category 1 Credits, or a non-credit version of the program is also available. The course can be accessed 24 hours a day, seven days a week. For more information, please visit
CaregiverFamily Caregiver Workshop in Walnut Creek, Calif.
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? NBTS, John Muir Health, and Cancer Support Community, are hosting a free Family Caregiver Workshop on Saturday, March 5, 2011, in Walnut Creek, Calif. Learn more.
CupcakeHappy Birthday to!
We are happy to announce that (sometimes called MyBTC) is one year old! Thank you to the entire online community for your comments, posts, photos, friendships, and discussions. We look forward to seeing the community grow each year. Not a part of the community yet? Join today to connect with others. Stay tuned for giveaways, polls, surveys, interviews, and more in 2011 and beyond.

SSBTRCommunity events update
Don't miss the SSBTR Walk-a-thon!
Join Students Supporting Brain Tumor Research in Scottsdale, Ariz. on February 26 for their 10th annual Walk-A-Thon. Walk anywhere from 1/4 mile to 5 miles or more. The event is family-friendly and easy for people of all ages in all physical conditions. The registration fee includes a SSBTR T-shirt, silent auction, snacks, and entertainment (and be on the look out for NBTS frisbees!). Learn more or register today!

MFL Ski Day 2011Community event highlight: 8th Annual Michael Lewandowski Memorial Ski Day
The 8th Annual Michael Lewandowski Memorial Ski Day in January was another big success. Over 125 people attended the event and all experienced great sun, great snow, and a strong sense of purpose, companionship, and remembering the positive lessons Michael brought to his fight against brain cancer. The event raised over $22,000 which will support the work of NBTS. Since its small start in 2004, the Ski Day has raised almost $150,000.

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Justin heads to NBA All-Star Weekend
Fourteen year-old brain tumor survivor Justin Friedlander is headed to Los Angeles on Friday to shoot his final few baskets as part of NBA All-Star Weekend. To keep up on all the action as Justin reaches his goal of shooting 63,000 baskets (one for each person diagnosed with a primary brain tumor every year), visit It is anticipated that one or more NBA players will be involved in what promises to be a grand finish to an extremely amazing journey. NBTS would like to thank Justin for all he has done to help raise brain tumor awareness and wishes him well in LA.
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Register now for our upcoming spring events!

Wilmington, Del. - April 30
Brain Tumor Walk

Washington, D.C. - May 1
Race for Hope

San Francisco, Calif. - May 7
Brain Tumor Walk

Boston, Mass. - May 15
Brain Tumor Ride

Denver, Colo. - June 4
Brain Tumor Walk

New! New York, N.Y. - June 18
Brain Tumor Walk

See a full listing of 2011 events

Items of Interest

Latest "Conversation" about systems biology
As part of our "Conversations about Systems Biology" interview series, Dr. Oliver Bögler, Chair of the NBTS Scientific Advisory Council, recently spoke with Dr. Lewis Cantley of Harvard Medical School, to share his outlook on systems biology research in general, his professional work in the field, and his thoughts regarding the application of systems biology research to brain tumors.

KHG Beef and Beer event a success!
Auctions, food, and music took center stage at the Hockessin Memorial Hall in Delaware on Friday, January 21. The Kelly Heinz-Grundner Brain Tumor Foundation, a subsidiary of NBTS, hosted its annual Beef and Beer fundraiser to a sold-out crowd of 350 supporters. A big "Thank You" goes out to all the volunteers and patrons that made this night a success!

Have you been reading the "Headquarters" Blog?
Each week the Patient Services team chooses a topic and posts stories, interviews, perspectives, resources, and more on that particular topic. Here are a few highlights from the blog this past month:

Q & A: Is it wrong for me to continue to dream about the life we had before?
This is such a great question, and a brave one to ask. I think many individuals dream about how life used to be, and often feel guilty about wishing for things to be the same again. This type of loss is called Ambiguous Loss. An author by the name of Pauline Boss...Read more.

Body Image
There are a number of factors that go into how we look and feel on a given day. Did I get enough sleep? What did I eat yesterday? Did I get enough exercise last week? Should I wear this or that today? Is this fatigue because of my medication or...Read more.

Did you know? Fun Friday Facts
What better way to end then week than with some random, fun facts that you can share with others all weekend long. Did you know that three muscles are used to smile, but 47 are required for frowning. You have to smile nearly a quarter of a million times to make one wrinkle...Read more.

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