On Wednesday, May 26, the Senate passed the Collins-Casey Brain Tumor Awareness Resolution by unanimous consent. It is a fitting and exciting culmination to Brain Tumor Awareness Month that the Senate joined NBTS, the North American Brain Tumor Coalition and the rest of the brain tumor community in declaring May National Brain Tumor Awareness Month.
The resolution recognizes the profound impact of brain tumors, and acknowledges the struggles and losses of our community. It also creates momentum moving into the next Congress. We are well positioned to take advantage of this and continue to work with Senators Collins and Casey and the rest of the Senate on important policy matters related to the brain tumor community.
As our public policy work continues to grow, we are working on plans for the coming Congressional Session, and anticipating the arrival of the new Director of the National Cancer Institute (NCI), Dr. Harold Varmus. The NCI is the largest source of brain tumor research funding and the change of leadership there could result in changes in cancer research funding.