9/4/2007San Francisco, CA (September 4, 2007) The National Brain Tumor Foundation (NBTF), a nationwide non-profit organization dedicated to helping brain tumor patients and to funding medical research, awarded over $1,000,000 in research grants this year. This is the largest amount of money NBTF has granted since it began its research grant program in 1983.
“Research is critical for brain tumor patients. In the midst of dwindling funding available from the National Cancer Institute, the National Brain Tumor Foundation is stepping up to make research a priority.” says Harriet Patterson, MPH, Director of Patient Services. “We are thrilled to fund promising and innovative research that will improve treatments and quality of life for the 190,000 people diagnosed each year with a brain tumor.”
Among this year’s 15 grant winners are researchers investigating the role of stem cells as therapeutic targets for brain tumor patients, the predictors of the outcome of GBM patients treated with temozolomide-chemoradiation, and studies focused on improving the quality of life of brain tumor survivors. NBTF also awarded epidemiology research grants to researchers studying the causes of brain tumors, funding studies examining the role of antihistamines and genetic factors in brain tumor development.
The National Brain Tumor Foundation was founded in 1981 by brain tumor patients, family members and health professionals. Over the years, NBTF has granted more than $5,000,000 to worthy brain tumor researchers. In addition to its research funding, NBTF focuses on giving hope to the brain tumor community by providing patient and caregiver resources, timely information and education. NBTF receives more than 1,000 phone and email inquiries each month from people requesting information and support. The NBTF web site, www.braintumor.org, receives more than 60,000 unique hits each month.
For more information about the National Brain Tumor Foundation, please call 800.934. CURE (2873) or visit www.braintumor.org .
NBTF is a nationwide, non-profit organization dedicated to providing information and support for brain tumor patients, family members and healthcare professionals, while supporting innovative research into better treatment options and a cure for brain tumors. For more information please visit www.braintumor.org or call toll-free, 800-934-CURE.