PBTF Names Joanne Salcido VP of Medical Research and Family Support

Asheville, NC, February 28, 2013 --(PR.com)-- The Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation has named Joanne Salcido vice president of research and family support, effective March 4.

Salcido’s distinguished career has included the successful development of innovative and robust research funding programs for private foundations that are advancing cutting-edge research in the brain cancer field, including The Ben & Catherine Ivy Foundation and Accelerate Brain Cancer Cure. She has conducted laboratory research in academia and at start-up companies, and has worked as a senior analyst in market research consulting firms in the drug development industry.

At the PBTF, Salcido will serve as the foundation’s chief mission officer. She will focus on building childhood brain tumor research grant funding and enhancing support services for families of children with brain tumors.

“The PBTF plays a leading role in helping to translate the promise of research into medical breakthroughs for children with brain tumors,” Salcido said. “I am very excited about the opportunity to leverage the foundation’s success in this endeavor and to take it to the next level. PBTF not only has its finger on the pulse of science – it is also dedicated to helping patients and their families in the here-and-now as they strive to get informed and obtain emotional support. I am deeply honored to lead and work alongside the tireless team at PBTF to continue to ensure excellence and innovation in the foundation’s family support services as well.”

"I'm thrilled to have Joanne join our senior team,” said PBTF President and CEO Robin Boettcher. “Her knowledge of the science and her connections to leaders in the brain tumor community will be most valuable as we increase our mission investment in the future."

Salcido is also trained as a lay person to provide one-on-one care and support to people during times of personal hardship. Originally from Montreal, she received her Ph.D. in biochemistry from Oregon Health & Sciences University and obtained her B.S. in biology from Stanford University.

About the Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation
The Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation, a 501 (c)(3) nonprofit organization based in Asheville, N.C., is the world's largest non-governmental funder of childhood brain tumor research. Our programs include free educational information about brain tumors, Internet conferences, college scholarships and Ride for Kids motorcycle charity events. For more information, call 800-253-6530 or go to www.curethekids.org.
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