Research Provides Hope in the Fight Against Brain Cancer

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The National Brain Tumor Foundation announces 2005 Research Grant funding for promising research into brain tumor treatments and brain tumor causes.

The National Brain Tumor Foundation (NBTF), a non-profit organization dedicated to helping brain tumor patients and funding medical research, is proud to announce this year’s research awards.

“For the past 25 years, NBTF has been funding research in the hope of improving treatment and eventually finding a cure,” says Rob Tufel, MSW, MPH, NBTF Executive Director. “ This is a time of great advancement in cancer research and NBTF funding can lead the way to a better understanding of brain cancer.”

Each day more than 500 people are diagnosed with a brain tumor and there are 359,000 people living with a brain tumor in the United States. The National Brain Tumor Foundation was founded in 1981 to raise funds for research and to help patients and family members. “NBTF provides support and information to those already diagnosed with brain cancer but we also know the importance of research in enabling us to develop effective treatment,” emphasizes Tufel.

This year, NBTF funded a wide range of research grants including pediatrics, quality of life, stem cell, immunotherapy and anti-angiogenesis. In addition, for the first time, NBTF provided funding for epidemiology research in order to better understanding the causes of brain tumors.

“We know that very few funds are going to research into the causes of brain tumors,” explains Tufel. “This is an incredibly exciting time in the field of genetic epidemiology and NBTF can play a significant role in focusing attention on this type of research.” For a complete list of research grants awarded in 2005 and in previous years, visit

The National Brain Tumor Foundation (NBTF), a non-profit organization based in San Francisco, California, raises funds for research and provides support and information to patients and family members. NBTF receives over 60,000 hits each month on its website,, and over 1000 inquiries from patients and families via email and the toll free patient information line (800.934.CURE) requesting information and support. NBTF services include a national training program for caregivers, teleconferences, web conferences, publications, support groups, a peer support matching program, bilingual information in Spanish, a free quarterly newsletter, and a monthly e-News.

For more information about the National Brain Tumor Foundation, please call 1.800.934.2873 or visit


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