NEW YORK, Nov. 9 Some of the country's neurology,research, neuro-oncology and caregiving experts will join brain tumorpatients, caregivers and loved ones to share the latest in treatment, researchand clinical trials; complementary therapies; and the impact of diagnosis onthe whole family at the 6th Annual Brain Tumor Awareness Day Convention,Sunday, November 11th, 2007 (8:00am to 4:30pm) in the Farkas Auditorium, NYUMedical 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 forsecond opinion? Which hospitals/doctors have the most experience with braintumors? What kind of insurance coverage can you get? BTAD 2007 speakers andpanelists will address these and other issues and empower patients andfamilies 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 eagernessof participants to obtain the latest information reflected the importance ofthe day."
The convention seeks to raise awareness about early detection among thegeneral public and medical professionals. "Regrettably, most symptomatic braintumors are incurable. I am convinced that early detection is the bestinsurance that treatment will be effective and more lives will be saved," saysDr. Patrick J. Kelly, Founder and President of BTF. Each registrant of BrainTumor 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 andChairman of the Department of Neurosurgery at NYU Medical Center, BTF guidesand supports patients and families through the turbulent times when theirlives are disrupted by a brain tumor. BTF offers support groups, peer matchingprograms and medical referrals.
"Brain Tumor Awareness Day is a unique opportunity to meet experts, faceto face, outside the office setting," says Alan Pesky, Senior Vice Presidentof The Brain Tumor Foundation. "Patients and professionals can shareinformation and advice, hope and support -- and the comfort in knowing thatthere are teams of physicians and researchers working to make the journey alittle 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 Chairmanof Neurosurgery, NYU Medical Center; Susan C. Pannullo, M.D., Co-Chairman,BTAD, Director of Neuro-Oncology, Department of Neurological Surgery, New YorkPresbyterian 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 Perspectivewith 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 ofPhysicians and Surgeons of Columbia University, and Co-Director, Brain TumorCenter at the New York Presbyterian Hospital, Mark M. Souweidane, M.D.,Associate Professor, Department of Neurological Surgery, Director of PediatricNeurosurgery, Weill Medical College of Cornell University, Alton L. Boynton,Ph.D., President and Chief Executive Officer, Northwest Biotherapeutics, MauraCarley, Founder and President, Healthcare Navigation LLC, Liz Holzemer,Founder, Meningioma Mommas, Author, "Curveball: When Life Throws