American Brain Tumor Association Annual Conference to Focus on Redefining Survivorship through Science, Technology and Clinical Innovation

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June 13, 2017

CHICAGO, IL - The American Brain Tumor Association’s (ABTA) annual patient and family conference, being held in Chicago August 4-5, is geared toward providing brain tumor patients and their families with tangible solutions for living with a brain tumor. “Receiving and then living with a brain tumor diagnosis is fraught with challenges not the least of which is keeping pace with rapidly emerging developments in research and care and their impact on the patient’s treatment options, outcomes and survivorship,” said Elizabeth Wilson, ABTA President and CEO.   “This year’s program focuses on how advancements in the understanding and treatment of brain tumors are improving and extending the lives of those impacted by this devastating disease.” 

Program Co-Chairs Elizabeth B. Claus, MD, PhD of Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston and the Yale School of Public Health and Jeffrey S. Wefel PhD, ABPP, of the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, helped create a patient-focused program. Conference highlights include the following sessions and speakers: 

  • Discovering New Genes for Glioma - Melissa L. Bondy, PhD, MS, Professor and Associate Director for the Dan L. Duncan Comprehensive Cancer Center, School of Medicine, Baylor University
  • Highlights from the International Study of Meningioma Patients and Caregivers - conducted by the ABTA in collaboration with the University of Toronto presented by Gelareh Zadeh, MD, PhD, FRCPC, Associate Professor at the Department of Surgery, University of Toronto
  • Targeted Therapies: Meningioma and Brain Metastases - Priscilla K. Brastianos, MD, Department of Medical Oncology, Massachusetts General Hospital Empowerment: 
  • What the Brain Tumor Patient Needs to Know 
  • Computerized Cognitive Training: Brain Games & Brain Training
  • Diet & Nutrition During Treatment
  • Exercise: Fitbit study
  • Fatigue and Fatigue Management
  • Caring for the Caregiver

To view the full program or to register visit or email before Friday, July 28, 2017. Walk in registration will be based upon availability


Founded in 1973, the American Brain Tumor Association was first national patient advocacy organization committed to funding brain tumor research and providing education and information for people of all tumor types and all ages. For more information, visit or call 800-886-ABTA (2282).