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April 2013
April Webinars Cover Both Pediatric and Adult Brain Tumors
“Neuro-Cognitive Issues Related to Children’s Brain Tumors” 
Friday, April 12, 2013 at 2 p.m. Central time
Join Heather Conklin, PhD, pediatric neuropsychologist, chief of neuropsychology and associate faculty member in the Department of Psychology at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, as she discusses the long-term effects of brain tumors on children and adolescents. The presentation will look at the risk of cognitive impairments—including learning disabilities, concentration difficulties and changes in mental functions—that survivors of pediatric brain tumors may face, along with the benefits and drawbacks to various treatment approaches. Click here to register.
“What Brain Tumor Patients Should Know About Radiation and Nuclear Medicine”
Wednesday, April 24, 2013 at 2 p.m. Central time
This webinar will discuss one of the most significant contributions to advances in brain tumor research: imaging technology using nuclear medicine and positron emission tomography (PET). Presenter Frederic Fahey, MD, is the current president of the Society of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging (SNMMI) and has been the director of nuclear medicine physics at Children’s Hospital Boston since 2003. Click here to register.

Boost Brain Tumor Awareness During May 
May is Brain Tumor Awareness Month and there are many ways you can raise brain tumor awareness in your community—next month and all throughout the year: 
  • Take 5 for Brain Tumor Awareness Month 2013Wear a gray ABTA wristband and give one to your friends, family members and co-workers. From now through the end of May, you can take part in our special “Take Five For Brain Tumors” promotion and purchase five wristbands for only $5—that’s half off the usual price. Visit the ABTA online store and use the promo code BTAWARE.
  • If you'd like to raise funds as well as awareness in May, try spreading some “Bright Ideas!” throughout your community. Click here to learn more and to order your Bright Ideas! Starter Kit.
  • Check out our online CareCampaign where you can register for and build your own personal fundraising page in honor or memory of a loved one. Sharing your page with friends and family is a powerful way to increase awareness of and support for the brain tumor cause.  
  • Throughout the month, be sure to join us online, either through our Connections online community, or by following the ABTA on Facebook and Twitter for additional Brain Tumor Awareness Month promotion ideas and updates.

Registration is Open
2013 ABTA Patient & Family Conference: A Focus On Caregiving
Family ConferenceDate: Friday, July 26 - Saturday, July 27, 2013
Location: Renaissance Chicago O'Hare Suites Hotel
Take advantage of this rare opportunity to hear from national experts on a range of quality of life issues affecting brain tumor patients and their caregivers and speak with ABTA-funded researchers about their projects and findings. Conference session topics include the role of patients in research; talking with your health care team; symptom management; nutrition and wellness; physical therapy and exercise; and finances, insurance and advance care planning. Don't wait, space is limited! Register today

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Support Brain Tumor Breakthroughs — Join a BT5K!
We’re just weeks away from two of our newest Breakthrough for Brain Tumors 5K events – and it’s not too late to register. Join us in Ypsilanti, MI on Saturday, May 11 or in Spokane, WA on Saturday, May 18. This year we will kick off the summer season on Saturday, June 1, with our 8th annual Chicago BT5K.

The ABTA heads to the west coast with Team Breakthrough for the Sunday, June 16 San Francisco Full and Half Marathon. The San Francisco Marathon, which is a great course for novice endurance runners, has multiple participation options. Registration through ABTA’s Team Breakthrough includes race entry, a personal online ABTA fundraising page, a training kit, a monthly e-newsletter, personal fundraising support, a pre-race pasta dinner, fundraising rewards and more! Space is limited so register today. 

Then on Saturday, June 22, the ABTA will host its first BT5K in the Los Angeles Country Arboretum and Botanic Garden. Visit to register for an ABTA run or walk in the city of your choice.

Chicago BT5K Participant Makes News
Juliana Schafer ABC NewsJuliana Schafer, a brain tumor survivor and one of our Chicago BT5K participants, was featured, along with ABTA President and CEO Elizabeth Wilson, in a piece that aired last week on Chicago’s ABC7 news. Check it out here.


tab research news
The Evolution of  Diffusion Tensor Imaging (DTI)
The April 2013 issue of Neurosurgery Focus features a comprehensive, open access article detailing the evolution and current use of Diffusion Tensor Imaging (DTI) and its value in glioma resection. In the article, ABTA Scientific Advisory Council member Dr. Steven Brem from the University of Pennsylvaniaalong with researchers from the Cleveland Clinicexplains this newer technology, which enhances the preservation of language and motor functions, and which may ultimately optimize patient outcomes. Access the full article here.


MGMT Expression as a Predictor of Outcomes in Newly Diagnosed GBM 
The role expression of MGMT protein expression, and its potential to predict the future pattern of growth of newly diagnosed GBM, continues to be of interest in neuro-oncology. In a retrospective study of 418 patients, 2012 ABTA awardees from the University of California systemDr. Albert Lai, Dr. Linda Liau, Dr. Arthur Chou and Medical Student Summer Fellow Shadi Lalezariexplored the prognostic significance of MGMT protein expression and its relationship to methylation. The article appears in the March 2013 issue of Neuro-Oncology. Access the abstract here

Founded in 1973, the American Brain Tumor Association was the first and is now the only national nonprofit organization dedicated to providing both support services to brain tumor patients and their families and the funding of brain tumor research. For more information, visit

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Having Fun Raising Funds

To learn more about our events, to search for events in your state, or to learn how to host your own volunteer fundraising event, visit:

Pi Kappa Alpha 5K
April 20, 2013
Detroit, MI 

Bowling for Brains
April 21, 2013
Hopkins, MN

Team Breakthrough New Jersey Marathon/Long Branch Half Marathon
May 5, 2013
Long Branch, NJ 

Breakthrough for Brain Tumors Ypsilanti 5K Run & Walk
May 11, 2013
Ypsilanti, MI

Vernon Hills Brain Tumor Walk
May 11, 2013
Vernon Hills, IL 

Breakthrough for Brain Tumors Spokane 5K Run & Walk
May 18, 2013
Spokane, WA

Sharing Hope: Walk the Walk, Talk the Talk
May 18, 2013
Storrs, CT 

2013 Thom Mathes 5K/1 Mile Fun Run
May 18, 2013
Shelby Township, MI 

Breakthrough for Brain Tumors Chicago 5K Run & Walk
June 1, 2013
Chicago, IL

9th Annual Head for the Cure 5K
June 8, 2013
Carmel, IN 

Glendale Community Charity Walk
June 15, 2013
Glendale, WI

Team Breakthrough San Francisco Full & Half Marathon
June 16, 2013
San Francisco, CA

Breakthrough for Brain Tumors Los Angeles 5K Run & Walk
June 22, 2013
Los Angeles, CA

8th Annual Teeing Up for Others Golf Outing
July 19, 2013
Columbia Station, OH 

Team Breakthrough Life Time Chicago Triathlon
August 25, 2013
Chicago, IL

Van Dorston Combat Cancer Team 5K
September 14, 2013
Sanford, NC 

Team Breakthrough Philadelphia Rock 'N' Roll Half Marathon
September 15, 2013
Philadelphia, PA

Team Breakthrough Bank of America Chicago Marathon
October 13, 2013
Chicago, IL

Breakthrough for Brain Tumors Dallas 5K Run & Walk
October 26, 2013
Dallas, TX 

Breakthrough for Brain Tumors NYC 5K Run & Walk
November 9, 2013
New York, NY

Connect with Others at Connections Online 
The ABTA's Connections online support community links patients, families, friends, caregivers and health care professionals with each other for support and inspiration. It is a safe place to visit, join and interact with members of the brain tumor community nationally and around the world.
Get Caregiver Support through MyCaringLink
MyCaringLink, powered by Lotsa Helping Hands, is the ABTA's personalized online caregiver support tool. 

Find a Clinical Trial Through TrialConnect

The ABTA's TrialConnect, a free and confidential service administered by EmergingMed, is offered in English and Spanish. Read more.

Consultation Services

Our Care Consultants provide brain tumor information, support and education for patients, families and health care professionals. Write or call our toll-free CareLine at 800-886-ABTA (2282).

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