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

  • September 19, 2017

    Leader from St Jude, and NBTS-funded Researcher, Sees ‘Desperate Need for Acceleration’ in Pediatric Brain Tumor Research

    “Time is short,” says Dr. Suzanne Baker. “The survival time is so very short for these children. So the time frame for developing new therapies is in desperate need of acceleration.” Dr. Baker was speaking about one the mo

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  • September 14, 2017

    Defeat GBM Research Collaborative – Core-By-Core Progress: Biomarkers Core

    In NBTS’ first “Expert Series” blogs in 2017, we examined the topic of neurosurgery. Now, we’ll take a look, Core-by-Core, on the progress being made by our Defeat GBM (glioblastoma) Research Collaborative. Just a few weeks ago,

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  • September 13, 2017

    From the CEO’s Desk: Let’s Lean In During Childhood Cancer Awareness Month

    About this time last year, the National Brain Tumor Society was down in Washington, D.C. at the famous National Press Club with a number of partners and collaborators to officially announce the launch of “Project Impact: A Campaign to

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