Childhood Brain Tumor Experts to Advise Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation

Asheville, NC, September 13, 2014 --( The Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation has invested more than $24 million in cutting-edge medical research to date. Now a new Research Advisory Network will contribute insights that help shape the PBTF’s funding priorities and evaluate the impact of its research investment on the lives of children diagnosed with a brain tumor, as well as on the disease that threatens them.

The 17 volunteer members of the panel are drawn from medical centers, a research institution, a brain tumor nonprofit and the pharmaceutical industry. They will serve a three-year, renewable term.

The experts are:

Suzanne Baker, PhD, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital
Jill Barnholtz-Sloan, PhD, Case Western Reserve University
Oren Becher, MD, Duke University School of Medicine
Tom Curran, PhD, FRS, The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia
Yancey Gillespie, PhD, University of Alabama at Birmingham
Gerald Grant, MD, Stanford School of Medicine
Nalin Gupta, MD, PhD, UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital
Mark Kieran, MD, PhD, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and Boston Children’s Hospital
Duane Mitchell, MD, PhD, University of Florida
Michelle Monje-Deisseroth, MD, PhD, Stanford School of Medicine
Sabine Mueller, MD, PhD, UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital
Roger Packer, MD, Children’s National Health System
Will Parsons, MD, PhD, Texas Children’s Hospital
Raphael Rousseau, MD, PhD, Genentech
James Rutka, MD, PhD, FRCSC, FACS, FAAP, Hospital for Sick Children
Max Wallace, Accelerate Brain Cancer Cure
Robert Wechsler-Reya, PhD, Sanford-Burnham Medical Research Institute

“The members of the Research Advisory Network, or RAN, will provide highly informed perspectives on the biomedical research enterprise,” said Dr. Joanne Salcido, vice president of research and family support. “It is an important facet of the PBTF’s partnership with the research community.”

“Last May we held our first annual collaborative conference for thought leaders from the pediatric brain tumor community to discuss hot topics in the field,” Salcido said. “The relationships formed at the Translating Discoveries to Cure the Kids meeting will guide our future research strategy and investments to help us level the playing field for children with brain tumors.”

The Research Advisory Network replaces the PBTF’s former Scientific Advisory Board, and is a key part of the organization’s new research funding programs. First on its agenda is the launch of the PBTF’s new Early Career Development Awards later this month.

About The Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation
The Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation is the world's largest nonprofit funder of research into one of the deadliest forms of childhood cancer. Our programs also include free educational resources, college scholarships for brain tumor survivors and mission-focused events such as Ride for Kids and Starry Night. More than 28,000 children in the United States are living with the diagnosis of a brain tumor, and 13 more cases are identified each day. To help us cure the kids, call 800-253-6530 or go to
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