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Expert Neurosurgeons and Neuro-oncologists to Speak at 6th Annual Brain

Tumor Awareness Day Convention

NEW YORK, Nov. 8 /PRNewswire/ -- Brain tumor patients, caregivers and loved ones will join some of the country's top neurology, research and neuro-oncology experts to share the latest in treatment, research and clinical trials; complementary therapies; and the impact of diagnosis on the whole family at the 6th Annual Brain Tumor Awareness Day Convention, Sunday, November 11th, 2007, 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM, in the Farkas Auditorium, NYU Medical Center, 530 First Avenue, in Manhattan.

Many brain tumor patients choose to spend their last months or weeks in the warmth of home and family instead of a medical institution. At this point, caregivers assume the crucial role of serving the day-to-day basic needs of a brain tumor patient -- and they must learn about the illness and how it will progress.

"As a caregiver, it's really important to have an emergency plan, coordinated with the patient's doctors and hospice care workers," explains Steve Zirnkilton, voice of NBC's Law & Order Franchise.

Mr. Zirnkilton's father died at home of a brain tumor in 2002.

"As hard as it was to watch him suffer, it was a gift to me and my siblings to have the ability to care for him until the end," says Steve. "We felt like we were giving back to him for all he'd done."

Brain Tumor Awareness Day (BTAD), sponsored by The Brain Tumor Foundation (BTF), provides information and support to those coping with a brain tumor diagnosis, and to those caring for brain tumor patients. BTAD 2007 speakers and panelists will talk about how to be attuned to the needs and desires of a patient and the importance of being there in whatever capacity a patient might need.

Founded by Patrick J. Kelly, M.D. F.A.C.S., Joseph Ransohoff Professor and Chairman of the Department of Neurosurgery at NYU Medical Center, BTF guides and supports patients and their families through the turbulent times when their lives are touched by a brain tumor. BTF offers support groups, peer matching programs and medical referrals.

"Brain Tumor Awareness Day is a unique opportunity to meet experts, face to face, outside the office setting," says Alan Pesky, Senior Vice President of BTF. "Patients and professionals can share information and advice, hope and support -- and the comfort in knowing that there are teams of physicians and researchers working to make the journey a little easier."

The Program Co-Chairmen are: Rhonda Barad, Board Member, BTF; Susan Pannullo, M.D., Director, Neuro-Oncology, Department of Neurological Surgery, New York Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell Medical Center; and Alan D. Pesky, Senior Vice President, BTF.

Medical Panelists and Speakers to include: Patrick J. Kelly, M.D., F.A.C.S., Founder and President, BTF, Joseph Ransohoff Professor and Chairman of Neurosurgery, NYU Medical Center; Susan C. Pannullo, M.D., Co-Chairman, Brain Tumor Awareness Day, Director of Neuro-Oncology, Department of Neurological Surgery, New York Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell Medical Center; Frederick F. Lang, M.D., F.A.C.S., Professor, Department of Neurosurgery, Director, Clinical Research, University of Texas, M.D. Anderson Cancer Center; A Caregiver's Perspective with Steve Zirnkilton, Voice of NBC's "Law & Order" Franchise; Steven S. Rosenfeld, M.D., Ph.D., John and Elizabeth Harris Professor of Neurology, Head, Division of Neuro-Oncology, Department of Neurology, College of Physicians and Surgeons of Columbia University, and Co-Director, Brain Tumor Center at the New York Presbyterian Hospital; Mark M. Souweidane, M.D., Associate Professor, Department of Neurological Surgery, Director of Pediatric Neurosurgery, Weill Medical College of Cornell University; Alton L. Boynton, Ph.D., President and Chief Executive Officer, Northwest Biotherapeutics; Maura Carley, Founder and President, Healthcare Navigation LLC; Liz Holzemer, Founder, Meningioma Mommas, Author, "Curveball: When Life Throws You A Brain Tumor"; Eric Lichtenstein, Founding Board Member, Voices Against Brain Cancer.

Other speakers and panelists include: Sandy Markowitz, M.A., Support Group Project Chair, BTF; Zazel-Chavah O'Garra, Dance Therapist; Michael Schreiber, Chairman, BTF; and Wendy Mitchell, L.M.S.W., Social Worker, New York Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell Medical Center.

For more information or to arrange interviews with BTAD participants, please contact Paige Davis at 212-489-0600 or

SOURCE Brain Tumor Foundation
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