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

  • March 26, 2015

    60 Minutes Joins the Fight Against Brain Tumors

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    Tune-in this Sunday (3/29) to the esteemed weekly news program “60 Minutes” on CBS for an in-depth segment (part one of a two-part series) on potential new treatments for glioblastom

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  • March 24, 2015

    National Brain Tumor Society Announces Appointment of New National Development Officer

    Samantha Masterson to join largest brain tumor nonprofit in United States National Brain Tumor Society, the largest nonprofit dedicated to the brain tumor community in the United States, today announced the appointment Samantha Masterson as its new National Development Officer. “Samantha is an accomplished, experienced and successful development professional, and we are excited for her […]

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  • March 18, 2015

    Spreading Kisses for Ken

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    When Tama Cobb’s nephew Kenny was just a little boy, he was drawn to the number 18. Like many young children, Kenny was incredulous to the larger world around him. “The biggest number to him was 18,” says Tama. “He used to say “I lo

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