Fund Fact Sheet

Through continued fundraising, the Columbia University Pediatric Brain Tumor Research Fund will support a full-time post-doctoral research fellow in Columbia University’s Department of Neurological Surgery, committed to state-of-the-art investigations pertaining to the neurobiology, pathophysiology, and epidemiology of children’s brain tumors. It is only with such efforts that meaningful scientific advancements can be obtained and hopefully encourage young investigators to pursue this avenue of research. The Columbia University Pediatric Brain Tumor Research Fund will be governed by a committee composed of individuals dedicated to improving the outcomes of children afflicted with this disease. This committee will be directly responsible for overseeing the Columbia University Pediatric Brain Tumor Research Fund.

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Pediatric Brain Tumor Statistics:
As of 2002, Pediatric Brain Tumors surpassed leukemia as the leading cause of cancer death in children. This year alone, over 3,000 new cases of childhood primary brain tumors will be diagnosed.  Of these new cases, over 2,300 tumors will afflict children less than 15 years of age The five-year survival rate following diagnosis of a primary malignant brain tumor is approximately 32 %

Research is critical:
Research has helped decrease the brain cancer death rate by 23% over the past 30 years Despite these double-digit decline, in comparison, research for cures of other pediatric cancers has led to successful death rate decreases by 40-60% over the same time period

More research is needed:
In the past 2 years, the National Institute of Health has received decreased priority in government funding Additionally, much of the funding approved has been earmarked for research with defense/military applications Concurrently, however, demand for research has intensified, as the number of research applications has continued to increase In fact, only one in five of first time NIH research submissions receive fundings Finding a cure to brain tumors hinges on continued research support

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