Brightest Minds Convene to Discuss Research Initiatives

Asheville, NC, May 08, 2015 --( Leading childhood brain tumor researchers from the United States and Canada are gathering today for two Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation-led scientific meetings in San Diego.

This year’s Translating Discoveries to Cure the Kids meeting will bring together 20 experts for a think-tank discussion on immunotherapy.

Immunotherapy, also called biologic therapy or biotherapy, is treatment that uses an individual’s own immune system to help fight cancer. The PBTF is leading the discussion to discern the most immediate and longer-term applications of this promising approach for the benefit of children and adolescents diagnosed with a brain tumor.

“Experts will directly exchange ideas on future research directions and collaborations to put immunotherapeutic strategies to work against brain tumors in childhood,” said Dr. Joanne Salcido, PBTF vice president of research and family support. “These forward-looking discussions are critical to the PBTF’s overarching goal to get much better answers and options for kids battling this disease.”

The morning session will be followed by the PBTF's annual meeting with research grant recipients. Principal investigators from the United States, Germany and Canada will provide updates on their PBTF-funded projects and discuss progress being made in the field.

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 and teens in the United States are living with the diagnosis of a brain tumor, and nearly 13 more cases are identified each day. To help us cure the kids, call 800-253-6530 or go to
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