American Brain Tumor Association Partners with Brain Tumour Foundation of Canada on Low-Grade Glioma Research

CHICAGO, Ill., November 22, 2022

The American Brain Tumor Association (ABTA) today announced a new partnership with Brain Tumour Foundation of Canada (BTFC) to accelerate brain tumor research. Through this partnership, BTFC will invest in the ABTA research program to co-fund a research project in Canada, focused on improving resection for low-grade glioma. For over 49 years, the ABTA has served the brain tumor community by funding research and delivering patient programs and services.

“In collaboration with the Brain Tumour Foundation of Canada, we aim to leverage the strengths of our organizations to maximize our impact upon research for this underserved disease population,” said Ralph DeVitto, ABTA president and chief executive officer.

With a sophisticated mechanism to evaluate and foster brain tumor research projects, the ABTA is recognized as a trusted research conduit for organizations and foundations that aim to advance brain tumor research. Since 1976, the ABTA has awarded more than $34 million in research grants to scientists from around the world to discover more about the causes, effects, diagnosis, and treatment of both adult and pediatric brain tumors.

“Brain Tumour Foundation of Canada recognizes that achieving our vision of finding the cause of and cure for brain tumours, while improving the quality of life for those affected, extends beyond our borders. We are grateful to partner with organizations like ABTA who also appreciate the value of collaboration. We truly are a global community and can have so much more impact together,” shared Shannon LaHay, BTFC chief executive officer. “We would also like to recognize former BTFC CEO, Susan Marshall, whose leadership helped develop our initial partnership with ABTA through the Brain Tumor Funders Collaborative. Funding this grant together helps to grow that partnership even more.”

The ABTA is grateful to the BTFC and our other research collaborators, including: the Joel A. Gingras, Jr. Memorial Foundation, Southeastern Brain Tumor Foundation, BrainUp, Humor to Fight the Tumor, and StacheStrong, among many others.

About Brain Tumour Foundation of Canada

Brain Tumour Foundation of Canada, founded in 1982, with the mission to reach every person in Canada who is affected by a brain tumor through advocacy, research, information, support, and education, has dedicated nearly $9.5 million in research to finding a cure and improving treatment and quality of life for brain tumor survivors. To learn more, visit