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Research Initiatives

Early Career Investigator Awards

In addition to our own grants, the ABTA provides funding for other early career investigator awards:

  • AACR-ABTA Scholar-in-Training Award
    • This award is presented during the American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) Annual Meeting to support the travel of early-career investigators presenting brain cancer research.
  • ABTA Young Investigator Award
    • This award is presented during the American Association of Neurological Surgeons (AANS) and the Congress of Neurological Surgeons (CNS) annual meetings to support the travel of two junior faculty members who are presenting their neuro-oncology research at the meetings.
  • Brain Tumor Epidemiology Consortium (BTEC) Junior Investigator Award
    • This award is given to two early-career investigators with an interest in epidemiology of tumors in the brain and central nervous system.


Brain Tumor Funders’ Collaborative

The Brain Tumor Funders’ Collaborative (BTFC) is a partnership among private philanthropic and advocacy organizations. The BTFC has supported three multi-million dollar projects, eleven biomarker feasibility studies, and is currently collaborating on a study of long-term survivors of glioblastoma.

Visit the BTFC website


Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory Brain Tumor Course

The ABTA is the official sponsor of the Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory brain tumor course, a one-week brain tumor course held every other year. This unique course provides a clinical overview and emphasizes the molecular mechanisms involved in the growth and development of brain tumors.

Lear more about Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory courses



The Central Brain Tumor Registry of the United States was founded in 1992, after the ABTA conducted a two year study to determine the feasibility of a central registry for all primary brain tumor cases in the U.S. One of the reasons for our continued support of this registry is to ensure the availability of data on the incidence and prevalence of both non-malignant (benign) and malignant brain tumors. The ABTA continues to support the printing and distribution of the CBTRUS’ Statistical Reports on Primary Brain and Central Nervous System Tumors.

View the latest report


Low-Grade Glioma Registry

The ABTA provides research funding to build a low-grade glioma (LGG) patient registry. The intent of the registry is to determine germline (inherited) and somatic (non-inherited) genetic variants that may be associated with increased risk of LGG. The registry will also be used to look at response to treatment data and clinical outcomes within this patient population.

The study is being led by Elizabeth B. Claus, PhD, MD, Professor of Biostatistics; Director of Medical Research, School of Public Health; Director of Stereotactic Radiosurgery, Department of Neurosurgery, Brigham and Women’s Hospital.

For more information, contact the registry at glioma@yale.edu.