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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. September 2011
Making a cure happenMaking a cure happen
The Chair of the Board of Directors, Jeffrey Kolodin, has written a letter to the brain tumor community about our commitment to finding a cure for brain tumors. Read it here.
You're invited - 2011 NBTS Summit | Philadelphia
Transforming tomorrow, today
Registration now open!

2011 Summit Photos
Don't miss the National Brain Tumor Society 2011 Summit in Philadelphia, November 3 - 6! Come celebrate accomplishments, share the latest information and resources, connect with others, and take action to make our voices heard. Check out the full agenda of inspiring events and register at

Cancer research symposium with NBTS and NCI
Stepping Up To The Complexity Challenge:
The Systems Biology Era of Cancer Research
Philadelphia, Pa.

As part of a special session at the 2011 Summit, the National Brain Tumor Society and National Cancer Institute’s Integrative Cancer Biology Program are partnering to present an exclusive one-day research meeting where scientific, government, and patient leaders will share their vision for future systems biology approaches to cancer research. This symposium will be an opportunity for the cancer community to come together to learn about and discuss a truly exciting and still emerging era of cancer research. The full agenda and registration will be available at the end of September.
systems biology, mcc sbiSystems biology grant recipients
NBTS has announced the grant recipients for the Mary Catherine Calisto Systems Biology Initiative. By embracing this exciting new way of conducting brain tumor research, NBTS is driving research to therapies faster. Read about the six projects that will receive funding.
Speak up for brain tumor research
Can you spare three minutes to fight for brain tumor research? If yes, then please take action today to tell Congress to oppose cuts to funding the National Institutes of Health. Your voice matters, but we have to be loud and communicate often. Read the latest Public Policy and Advocacy Update to stay plugged in to our campaign to support brain tumor research funding.
Tulips Against TumorsBuy your tulips now!
Have you ordered your tulips from the Tulips Against Tumors Tribute yet? Visit our online store today to select the variety that will look best in your garden! We encourage you to plant your tulips to honor your family and friends, and all affected by brain tumors, in unison with many others on National Planting Day on October 29 at 1 PM EST. Buy your tulips today and get ready for National Planting Day!

NBTS at the Wilmington Blue Rocks Brain Tumor Awareness Night

Wilmington Blue Rocks Awareness Night 2011
Kristin Davis (third from left), Delaware office Marketing Communications/Office Manager, and the Fracek family getting their heads in the game at the Wilmington Blue Rocks Game

Story Corner: ZazelA Chapter from our Story Corner
Zazel is a professional dancer, actress and model, and a brain tumor survivor. The aftermath of her surgery left her partially paralyzed, but this didn’t stop her creative spirit. With all the strength she could muster, Zazel fought her physical therapist to push her beyond all expectations. Now Zazel has turned her situation into a gift by teaching dance to people with disabilities and brain injuries - showing them that dance can be a healing art form. Zazel says everyone can have the power of "Turning a setback into a comeback!" Listen to Zazel's story.

Community events update
Upcoming Community Events
Laurent's Run
September 24, 2011 | Downington, Pa.

A 5K race and 1-mile Fun Run - Please support brain cancer research in memory of Laurent, a dedicated scientist, good friend, and devoted husband and father. Learn more.

Bloomingdale's Brunch and Fashion Show
October 2, 2011 | Chestnut Hill, Mass.
Enjoy a fashion show featuring Bloomingdale's latest looks for everyone on your list, then start shopping. Present this card (valid at the Chestnut Hill, Mass. location only) and Bloomingdale’s will donate 10% of your purchases on this day to NBTS. Learn more.

Chef's Night10th Annual Chef Night
October 15, 2011 | Washington, D.C.

"Chef Night is at the top of our list as one of the most fun events held at our restaurants. When you combine an over-the-top tasting menu and a great group of people helping a great cause, it just doesn’t get any better than this." - Michael Kosmides, Owner of Cities and Teatro Goldoni restaurants. Learn more.

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Boston, Mass. - Oct. 1
Brain Tumor Walk

Silicon Valley, Calif. - Oct. 16
Brain Tumor Ride

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:

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

Events NBTS previously attended:

BioPharm America 2011
Sept. 7-9, 2011
Boston, Mass.

2nd Annual EORTC Symposium for Quality of Life, Symptom Research, and Patient Reported Outcomes in Cancer Clinical Trials
Sept. 7-9, 2011
Brussels, Belgium

Integrative Cancer Biology Program Principal Investigators Meeting
Sept. 14-16, 2011
New York, N.Y.

Items of Interest

Malignant gliomas webinar cancelled
The previously announced webinar on treatment and research updates for malignant glioma tumors that was scheduled take place on December 6 has been cancelled. Check out other NBTS webinars, including one from 2008 about malignant gliomas, on our website.

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

Q & A: Does radiation cause permanent hair loss?
My wife had brain tumor surgery last fall. Since then, she has completed radiation therapy. The radiation treatments were completed over a month ago and she doesn’t show signs of any hair growth in the area where she was radiated.
Read more

Crayons are my therapy
While at a restaurant, I noticed a toddler sitting at the next table. He was quietly intense as he sat there coloring away with broken crayons and scribbling over the lines of an outlined picture. As I sat there waiting for my food to come, I couldn’t help but wish I had a set of crayons to pass the time. Read more

Hydrocephalus and Shunts
Hydrocephalus is a buildup of cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) in the brain that causes brain swelling. CSF has an important function; it surrounds the brain and spinal cord and serves as a protective cushion against injury. Read more

Recent Articles

Immunogene therapy combined with standard treatment is safe for patients with brain tumors

Brain tumors found to have a two-tier system

New imaging technique tracks brain cancer cells

Choice of seizure drug for brain tumor patients may affect survival

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