2020 National Conference

The ABTA National Conference is the largest educational meeting designed specifically for patients, survivors and caregivers impacted by a brain tumor diagnosis.


Held annually, the conference convenes our nation’s leading brain tumor experts to provide the latest updates in brain tumor treatment, care and research.

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2020 National Conference Program

Keynote Speaker - Maria Menounos​

Maria Menounos, Emmy® Award-winning journalist, author and actress, has earned numerous achievements throughout her career in the news and entertainment industry. She’s been on the line to report breaking news and interview presidential candidates, and now she adds the roles of brain tumor survivor and caregiver.

In early 2017, Maria started experiencing symptoms of her own as she was caring for her mother, who was diagnosed with a glioblastoma brain tumor a few months prior. Maria thought it was stress from caregiving. After a visit with her primary care doctor, they decided to get an MRI. The MRI showed Maria had a golf-ball-sized meningioma, a brain tumor located in the membrane surrounding the brain and spinal cord.

“I didn’t cry. I actually laughed. It was so surreal and unbelievable that my mom had a brain tumor—and now I had one too,” Maria said.

Maria found herself in the unlikely circumstance of going from caregiver to patient. One month later, Maria had nearly all of her tumor removed and lives each day with the promise of tomorrows. She’s now turned coach and advocate for others fighting brain tumors, all while balancing the demands of her public life on TV and radio.

2020 Program & Sessions

Review the conference program composed of sessions to inform across all stages of a brain tumor diagnosis.

2020 Session Recordings

Watch sessions of interest from the 2020 National Conference.                          

2020 National Conference Co-Chairs

Mark R. Gilbert, MD
Chief and Sr. Investigator, The Neuro-Oncology Branch, Center for Cancer Research, National Cancer Institute, National Institutes of Health

Jean Arzbaecher, RN, APN, CNRN
Advanced Practice Nurse
The University of Illinois at Chicago 



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And thanks to the generous support of our additional conference sponsors.  

Funded in part by Genentech and Integra Foundation

Keynote Speaker - Maria Menounos