National Conference

The American Brain Tumor Association National Conference brings together patients, caregivers, researchers and medical professionals from around the country to be empowered with the latest information in brain tumor research, treatment and care.

Attendees will have the opportunity to network with hundreds in the brain tumor community, and gather the most up-to-date brain tumor information through first-class educational programming.

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Save the Date: 2020 National Conference

Friday-Saturday, September 11-12, 2020
Loews Chicago O’Hare Hotel
5300 N. River Road
Rosemont, IL 60018

Registration will open in Spring 2020. 

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2019 National Conference Highlights

Thank you for joining us at the 2019 National Conference!

Conference reference materials, including slide presentations, recorded livestream and transcripts will be available soon. All registered attendees will be notified of when conference materials are available.



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Mindee Plugues


Mindee J. Plugues, of Los Angeles, CA, is vice president, marketing for the Applebee’s brand and brings skills including brand strategy, executive leadership, and marketing to the board. Plugues has been an ABTA donor since April 2001, following her father’s passing from GBM. She is also a former member of the ABTA endurance program, Team Breakthrough.

Bob Kruchten


Bob Kruchten, of Mount Prospect, IL, is a sales manager at Extreme Reach, a leading advertising technology company. He has strong skills in communications and fundraising, and has been advocating for the ABTA for 19 years in tribute to his best friend, Paul Fabbri, who lost his 10-year battle with GBM in 1998. Kruchten accepted the ABTA’s Joel A. Gingras Jr. Award in 2015 on behalf of the Paul Fabbri Memorial Fund.