Oligo Research Fund

The Oligo Research Fund is supported by our Community Research Fund Program – a grant funding vehicle allowing contributors to pool donations and leverage a team of highly experienced, nationally-recognized scientific experts, working with National Brain Tumor Society staff, to determine the best investment strategy to support research on a specific type of brain tumor.

The Oligodendroglioma Research Fund was launched in June of 2011 through the leadership of several families, including Spencer and Zach Greene. The brothers – both in their 20s – were each diagnosed with an oligodendroglioma (oligo) brain tumor within two years of each other in 2008 and 2010, respectively. The Greenes contacted the National Brain Tumor Society and together established the Organization’s first Community Research Fund, with a goal of raising $300,000 (the minimum amount needed for a grant to conduct significant research) specifically for oligo research projects.

Thanks to the combined support of the larger oligo community, over $1 million has been raised! The thermometer below continues to move ever closer to our goal and more future funding of oligo research.


You can make a difference by making a donation to the Fund and asking your friends and family to do the same. By joining forces as a community of donors we can support the Fund’s distinctive approach, giving 100% of the donations to exclusively fund oligo research. Get involved today for someone you love. The thermometer below continues to move ever closer to our goal and future funding of oligo research.

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The Research

Oligodendroglioma 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. To learn more about the research being done through this fund, visit our Advance Research section.

For more information about contributing to the Oligo Research Fund please contact Wendi Nance at wnance@braintumor.org.