Students in leadership positions learn about brain tumors and gain real world experience in running a non-profit business while raising funds for brain tumor research. Beneficiaries of the money we raise are Barrow Neurological Institute, National Brain Tumor Society, Phoenix Childrens Hospital, Steele Childrens Research Center in Tucson, and Translational Genomics Research Institute (TGen). With your help we can make a difference. The intent of our website is to further our objectives of disseminating information about this disease process, stimulating more widespread involvement within our community through donating, volunteering and participating in one or more of our events, and publicizing and promoting this exceptional student-run organization.

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  • “Life begets life. Energy becomes energy. It is by spending oneself that one becomes rich.”

  • “Not he who has much is rich but he who gives much.”

  • “The highest use of capital is not to make more money but to make money do more for the betterment of life.”



Brain Tumor News

  • The vaccine, SurVaxM, is considered a ‘next generation’ treatment for brain cancer using immunotherapy.  Dr. Robert Fenstermaker, chair of Neurosurgery at Roswell Park has teamed with Ph.D. researcher Michael Ciesielski in creating the vaccine designed to stimulate a patient’s own immune system to essentially hunt down tumor cells and kill them.

  • The phase-one study involves injecting a virus directly into a patient's brain. "What this does is it infects the cell and turns it into a factory to create more virus. That then spreads within the tumor,"

  • Intraoperative MRI (ioMRI) soon may be must-have technology for many if not most neurosurgical suites, but those looking to take the plunge for their brain-tumor service line should expect longer procedure times and more scrupulous pre-operative room preparation.

  • Previous research had suggested that whole brain radiotherapy could cause difficulties with short-term memory and slow speech in patients.
    Researchers determined that patients who got the precise brain radiotherapy experienced less cognitive decline — and less impairment to their quality of life.

  • When five craniotomies failed to permanently remove the mass, surgeons didn’t know if he would live— much less go on to perform a highly technical sport that requires physical strength and coordination. But after undergoing multiple rounds of laser ablation therapy, an emerging surgical technique for removing pediatric brain tumors that he finished in early June, Gavin is like a regular kid again.

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