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Synapse eNews is published monthly by NBTS for all members of the brain tumor community. It includes updates on our Research and Public Policy Advocacy programs, as well as the latest research and community news, and information on NBTS regional events. October 2011
In two weeks - 2011 NBTS Summit | Philadelphia
Transforming tomorrow, today
RSVP deadline - this week!

2011 Summit Photos
Don't miss out on these exciting events November 3-6:
  • Join us at The Franklin Institute for our Annual Meeting, where you’ll hear about exciting research progress and celebrate inspirational members of our community.
  • In a special session at the 2011 Summit, NBTS is presenting an exciting Scientific Symposium, offering researchers, government agencies and other cancer organizations the opportunity to share their vision of using a systems biology approach in cancer research to find cures faster. Space is limited, so sign up now (registration fee required).
  • During the Patient & Family Program, learn about latest treatments and cognitive issues. You can also attend informative mini-workshops on topics such as symptom management, financial assistance, and clinical trials. Throughout the day you'll have the opportunity to get your personal questions answered by helpful local and national groups, including CancerCare, Emerging Med, Caring Bridge, and more.
For complete details on all the Summit events and activities, visit Don't delay, the RSVP deadline is this week!
Effectively reach Congress through advocacy
The payoff from advocacy is becoming clear – the House of Representatives last week released a bill that included a $1 billion increase for National Institutes of Health funding over last year. The budget process is far from over, but through advocacy the brain tumor community is effectively telling Congress to get its head in the game when it comes to research funding that benefits those affected by brain tumors. If you have written your elected officials – thank you! If you haven’t yet please do so on our website. Read the latest Public Policy and Advocacy Update.
Southern California WalkRecord-setting month for Brain Tumor Walks
In September, Brain Tumor Walks in San Diego and Southern California drew 1,500 supporters and raised over $200,000 in the fight against brain tumors. The Boston brain tumor community came together for the second annual Boston Brain Tumor Walk on October 1, raising nearly $600,000. That's about 40% more than last year! Thanks to all who came out to support the brain tumor community in San Diego, Southern California, and Boston!

We're looking forward to our last two events of 2011, the Dallas-Fort Worth Brain Tumor Walk and the Race for Hope - Philadelphia. And we're already gearing up for 2012!

Tulips Spring 2011National Planting Day
Tulip Lovers! The bulbs you ordered for the Tulips Against Tumors Tribute are en route or perhaps have already arrived. Join with supporters across the country for National Planting Day on Saturday, October 29th as we unite to honor all those who have been affected by brain tumors.

Wing contest raises money for NBTS

Barclays Wing Contest

Employees at Barclays in Newark, Del. took part in a wing eating contest to raise money for the National Brain Tumor Society. On September 21, over 100 employees participated in the contest and took part in the raffle drawing for prizes in a great show of support for the brain tumor community!

Community events update
Upcoming Community Event
Tie One On for Brain Cancer
November 26, 2011 | Ogallala, Neb.

Get ready for winter and help raise awareness for brain tumors! Over the last year, people around the country have used their creativity and talent to knit, crochet, and create amazing scarves, hats and more. Enjoy a day out with friends and buy some of these handmade items for your winter wardrobe. Learn more.

Laurent's RunCommunity Events Highlight
On September 24, Laurent Courvoisier's family and friends gathered for the 1st Annual Laurent's Run in Downington, Pa. The event raised over $10,000 for brain tumor research. According to event organizer Robert McKean, the second annual Run will take place next September 22, 2012.

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Dallas-Ft. Worth, Texas -
Nov. 5

Brain Tumor Walk

Philadelphia, Pa. - Nov. 6
Race for Hope - Philadelphia

See a full listing of 2011 events

NBTS out and about
Some of the upcoming events in which NBTS is participating:

The Cancer Genome Atlas 1st Annual Scientific Symposium
November 17-18, 2011
National Harbor, Md.

Society for NeuroOncology Scientific Meeting
November 17-20, 2011
Orange County, Calif.

Events NBTS recently attended:

Congress of Neurological Surgeons
October 1-6, 2011
Washington, D.C.

Items of Interest

Project update from NBTS-funded researcher
Results from Dr. Suzanne Baker's NBTS study were recently published in the Journal of Clinical Oncology. This study, the largest ever of a rare childhood brain tumor, found more than half the tumors carried extra copies of specific genes linked to cancer growth. Read more

Have you been reading the "Headquarters" Blog?
Here are a few highlights from the blog this past month:

Paul's Story: Patience and Support are Key
Paul, age 51, is a survivor diagnosed in 2004 with a Meningioma. In this blog, he tells us about his experience. Read more

Financial and Insurance-Related Resources
Looking for a list of resources for managing financial concerns and getting assistance with a variety of treatment-related and other expenses? Read more

Q & A: What are headaches like when associated with a brain tumor?
Question: What are headaches like when associated with a brain tumor?
Answer: A headache is a symptom commonly associated with the diagnosis of a brain tumor. All types of headaches can precede a brain tumor. Read more

Recent Articles

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Scientists say Human Cytomegalovirus plays pathogenic role in medulloblastoma

Release of glutamate from gliomas sparks seizures

Nanoparticles seek and destroy glioblastoma in mice

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