Philadelphia served as an amazing host city for the National Brain Tumor Society 2011 Summit from Nov. 3-6. The program included research discussions, information and resources for patients and caregivers, and recognition of outstanding service by community members. It also gave the brain tumor community a chance to come together, raise awareness, and make a difference. To learn more, read on.
NBTS Annual Meeting
The Summit kicked off with the Annual Meeting at the Franklin Institute where people had the chance to meet each other, honor Community Leader Award winners, recognize research grant recipients, and listen to the head of the new National Brain Tumor Society (NBTS) Strategic Advisory Committee talk about the NBTS vision for finding a cure for brain tumors. See videos of the award winners, and read more about the evening here.
Stepping Up to the Complexity Challenge:
The Systems Biology Era of Cancer Research
The research symposium featured experts from the National Cancer Institute, industry, and academic institutions discussing the importance of the emerging field of systems biology. Systems biology is a new approach to research that views the brain tumor as a network of interconnecting systems that interact with each other to drive tumor growth. The presentations included specific examples of how systems biology research is being carried out; discussions about overcoming barriers to finding new treatments for the disease; and a question and answer session with the audience. Read a summary of the presentations and watch a video from the panel discussion here.
Patient and Family Program
People affected by brain tumors have to take in an overwhelming amount of information. This part of the Summit was created to give people the resources they need to navigate the information. Participants were given access to helpful resources, presentations, and support groups. In addition, they were given an opportunity to share their stories, learn how to advocate for themselves and the community, and connect with people who know what they are going through. Learn more about the program here.
NBTS Race for Hope – Philadelphia
Now in its sixth year, the 2011 Race for Hope – Philadelphia was an amazing display of support for people who have brain tumors and their loved ones. More than 6,500 people walked or ran a 5K course that finished at the steps of the famous Philadelphia Museum of Art. Afterward, survivors and teams were recognized in a number of inspiring presentations. Participants also had a chance to advocate for the brain tumor community by sending letters to Congress right from event. Together, the thousands who took part in the Race raised more than $800,000.