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Expert Neurosurgeons and Neuro-oncologists to Speak at 6th Annual Brain Tumor Awareness Day Convention

Over 300 patients, caregivers expected at day-long program of information

and support in New York

NEW YORK, Nov. 9 /PRNewswire/ -- Some of the country's neurology, research, neuro-oncology and caregiving experts will join brain tumor patients, caregivers and loved ones 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 (8:00am to 4:30pm) in the Farkas Auditorium, NYU Medical Center, 530 First Avenue, in Manhattan.

Brain Tumor Awareness Day (BTAD), sponsored by The Brain Tumor Foundation (BTF), provides information and support to those coping with a brain tumor. Following diagnosis, there are important decisions to be made: Do you ask for second opinion? Which hospitals/doctors have the most experience with brain tumors? What kind of insurance coverage can you get? BTAD 2007 speakers and panelists will address these and other issues and empower patients and families to make decisions on their own.

"Last year's event far exceeded all expectations," said Michael Schreiber, Chairman of the Board of BTF. "The presentations were superb and the eagerness of participants to obtain the latest information reflected the importance of the day."

The convention seeks to raise awareness about early detection among the general public and medical professionals. "Regrettably, most symptomatic brain tumors are incurable. I am convinced that early detection is the best insurance that treatment will be effective and more lives will be saved," says Dr. Patrick J. Kelly, Founder and President of BTF. Each registrant of Brain Tumor Awareness Day can get a free, onsite MRI brain scan, on a first-come, first-served basis.

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 families through the turbulent times when their lives are disrupted 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 The Brain Tumor Foundation. "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 C. 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, BTAD, 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, The Brain Tumor Foundation, and Wendy Mitchell, L.M.S.W., Social Worker, New York Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell Medical Center.

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