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Second annual Brain Tumor Biotech Summit 2013 at Weill Cornell
Date:6/7/2013

NEW YORK (June 7, 2013) -- The nation's leading brain tumor and biotech industry experts again joined forces Friday, June 7, in a bid to accelerate more effective treatments for brain tumors and promote funding for the latest emerging therapies, as the Weill Cornell Brain and Spine Center and Voices Against Brain Cancer hosted its second annual Brain Tumor Biotech Summit.

"Regardless of our backgrounds, our shared vision and purpose today was to bridge the gap between basic and clinical science," says Dr. John Boockvar, chair of the Summit, director of the Brain Tumor Research Group, professor of neurological surgery at Weill Cornell Medical College and a neurosurgeon at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell Medical Center. "It often takes decades to realize discoveries from bench to bedside when it needs to be a few years. This dynamic meeting advanced collaborations vital to accelerating the translation of new scientific findings into novel therapeutics that can be delivered rapidly to our patients."

More than 23,000 people in the United States will be diagnosed with brain or spinal tumors this year and more than 14,000 patients will succumb to their disease, according to the American Cancer Society. With the patient median survival rate of 15 months, there is a crucial need to identify more effective treatments for brain tumors that will not only extend life, but also lead to potential cures.

"Brain cancer touches the lives of thousands of families a year, and it is incumbent upon us to devise novel treatments and therapeutics that will better target malignant tumors and enhance human health," adds Dr. Lewis Cantley, the Margaret and Herman Sokol Professor in Oncology Research and professor of cancer biology in medicine at Weill Cornell and director of the Cancer Center at Weill Cornell and NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital. "However, as federal funding for research has plummeted -- hastened under sequestration -- it is be
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