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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Philanthropic "Quotes"

  • “Generosity is the flower of justice.”

  • “I think the great livers, the people who are fully self-actualizing and alive, are the great givers.”

  • “Real generosity toward the future lies in giving all to the present.”



Brain Tumor News

  • Initial findings from clinical trials separately exploring the safety and efficacy of immunotherapy agents nivolumab (Opdivo) and pembrolizumab (Keytruda) as potential treatments for patients with glioblastoma are promising.

  • 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.

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