Become A Research Partner

National Brain Tumor Society funds only the most promising research poised to deliver results. Our funded research has contributed to the establishment of many of what are now the top adult and pediatric brain tumor research labs across the country, as well as advances in understanding brain tumor makeup and what could drive more effective treatments.

By partnering with us and supporting our strategic initiatives, you can help advance the understanding of brain tumors, improve the availability of new treatments, and drive the discovery of a cure. Learn more about the initiatives that you can contribute to directly.

Defeat GBM

Glioblastoma multiforme (GBM) is a highly aggressive, complex, and devastating form of brain cancer, effecting hundreds of people each day. We believe it is our duty to accelerate progress against this disease so we launched the Defeat GBM Research Collaborative in 2013 with the intent to double the 5 year survival rate of GBM patients. This comes at a time when collaboration is becoming the norm and the abundance of genomic data is accelerating diagnostic, prognostic, and therapeutic progress.

Oligo Research Fund

Oligodendroglioma (oligo) is a relatively rare brain tumor representing about 6% of gliomas, with a diagnosis rate of about 1,150 patients a year in the U.S. alone. Critical research is required to deliver oligo patients new therapies that are more durable and extend their lives. In order to make effective, targeted therapies a reality it is essential to identify and understand the molecular drivers of the tumor’s genesis and maintenance, as well as resistance.

Pediatric Initiatives

Our new pediatric initiative, Project Impact, will leverage increases in knowledge gained from earlier funded research efforts, and develop a program that can address critical barriers to progress within the drug discovery and development pipeline through an integrated approach to advance research toward new treatments for pediatric brain tumor patients.

Community Research

The Community Research Fund allows contributors to pool donations to support research on a specific type of tumor. This program leverages a team of highly experienced, nationally-recognized scientific experts, working with National Brain Tumor Society staff, to determine the best investment strategy for each fund.


From the Blog

  • February 8, 2016

    Walk. Donate. Inspire.

    How attending NBTS events provides more than fundraising Dr. Anders Persson, PhD, has been involved in the neuro-oncolgy field since 2003. His work has been funded by NBTS and has been instrumental in the study of gliomas. Did you wonder where his inspiration to carry on his work comes from? It was from interacting with members […]

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  • February 5, 2016

    Guest Blog: Victor Remains Faithful to His Own Fight

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    “I’m sorry, but we have found a 3cm pilocytic astrocytoma on Victor’s brain stem. We must immediately transfer him for brain surgery. Do you have a preference between Duke or Chapel Hill?” The wo

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  • February 4, 2016

    World Cancer Day 2016

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    February 4, 2016 is World Cancer Day, the global day of awareness that shines the light on one of the leading causes of death worldwide. Over the past week, we’ve talked about the strides that have been made in the brain tumor space toward new treatments

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