National Brain Tumor Society’s
2016 Scientific Summit

District Hall, 75 Northern Avenue, Boston, MA
September 29, 2016, 8:30 AM – 5:00 PM

This incredible, interactive day brings together renowned leaders from all aspects of the brain tumor field — many actively engaged in our ground-breaking research initiatives — to share progress, explore emerging opportunities, and build strong and diverse partnerships to fast-track new discoveries toward a cure.

The day features opportunities for robust and open dialog between participants and top experts from across the brain tumor community, focusing on:

Collaborative Research – What’s Worked & How to Improve
Together we will explore ways to overcome barriers; talk about successful, ongoing research efforts; and learn more about exciting upcoming collaborations in the field, as well as how to optimize a “team science” approach to brain tumor research. Examples include NBTS’s flagship Defeat GBM Research Collaborative, Project Impact, outside consortiums, and clinical trials.

Immunotherapy in Neuro-Oncology and Opportunities to Use Real World Evidence for Drug Development – Lunch Sessions
Successive lunch sessions will highlight critical advances and opportunities in both the area of immunotherapy as it applies to brain tumors, as well as how real-world patient data — gathered from health information technology platforms — can be used to augment knowledge about off-label use, conduct randomized trials, and collect data from patients who do not meet eligibility criteria for clinical trials to support regulatory decisions, such as the approval of new indications or label expansions for existing drugs.

Innovation Today & Tomorrow – The Hot Topics/Emerging Opportunities in Brain Tumor Research
Every day we are seeing exciting, new, innovative approaches emerging to combat the range of challenges we face in our field. Together we will explore a variety of forms this innovation is taking — including clinical trials, advancements in technology, cutting-edge areas of research, and new treatment protocols — and where it should go next according to the unique perspectives of our diverse participants.

Panel & Open Discussion: What Progress Should we Demand to see in the Next 1-3 Years?
This interactive session is set to discuss where we need to be heading next in brain tumor research, patient engagement, policy, and advocacy. Join in the conversation from multiple perspectives regarding what needs to be leveraged or changed in order to make real progress in the fight against brain tumors and what we each have to do going forward.


For more information contact Amanda Bates at or 516-632-8880.