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Children's Brain Tumor Foundation's Tissue Bank Consortium May Solve Dire Problem in Pediatric Cancer Research
Date:7/1/2008

Leading Institutions in Philadelphia, Pittsburgh and Chicago To Launch Collaborative Initiative

NEW YORK, July 1 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- In a major effort to speed treatment and cures for pediatric brain tumors and cancer, the Children's Brain Tumor Foundation (CBTF) today launched the initial phase of a tissue bank consortium designed to jump-start meaningful analyses that could lead to treatment and cures for these types of cancer, where survival rates are unacceptably low and neurocognitive and other damage is posed by today's treatment options.

"The need for this approach is nearly palpable among pediatric oncologists who specialize in brain and spinal cord tumors," said Robert Budlow, CBTF President. "As the advocate and voice for children and families fighting what can seem like insurmountable odds, the Children's Brain Tumor Foundation is committed to growing the tissue bank consortium to open the doors to speeding scientific progress on this horrible disease."

Susan L. Weiner, PhD., Chair of CBTF's Grant Committee, explained why this initiative is so urgently needed. "Tissue banks are repositories of tissue samples that can be characterized, analyzed and used to evaluate treatments. Breast cancer, prostate cancer and melanoma, for example, have all seen dramatic treatment improvements recently because of tissue banks and their ability to analyze large volumes of tissue samples. But for pediatric brain and spinal cord tumors, tumor tissue banking is like a small pie cut into too many pieces. Many hospitals have tissue banks, but few if any have sufficient volume of different kinds of tumors to conduct comprehensive research. Without the new tissue bank consortium, meaningful analysis that might lead to treatment and cures is virtually impossible," she said.

Under a planning grant from the Licensing Industry Merchandisers' Association, CBTF is conducting a feasibility study with participation by leading pediatric instituti
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