Brain Tumor Epidemiology Consortium (BTEC)
The Brain Tumor Epidemiology Consortium (BTEC) is an open scientific forum organized to foster the development of multi-center, international and inter-disciplinary collaborations that will lead to a better understanding of the etiology, outcomes, and prevention of brain tumors. During the process of attaining this mission, BTEC plans to mentor junior investigators or investigators who are new to brain tumor epidemiologic research.
The Consortium was formed in 2003 after an initial meeting sponsored by the National Cancer Institute's (NCI) Division of Cancer Epidemiology and Genetics (DCEG), which is the intramural (in house) research component of the Institute, and the National Institutes of Health's (NIH) Office of Rare Diseases (ORD), and has evolved as a self-directed consortium. Find information about BTEC meeting funding.
The BTEC members have formed several Working Groups (WG) developing ideas for coordinated research focusing on adult gliomas, meningiomas, pediatric brain cancers and family-studies. The BTEC Advisory Board (AB) consists of members selected by vote to represent the BTEC members. The AB meets monthly via teleconference.
BTEC holds annual meetings where BTEC Working Groups meet both individually and jointly to discuss current and future collaborations and scientific findings. The 2012 meeting, International Collaborative for Brain Tumor Epidemiology: Opportunities, Challenges and Future Directions, focused on forming new collaborations. The 2013 BTEC meeting, Getting Back to Basics and Moving into the Future for Brain Tumor Epidemiology, will be held June 4-7 in Chicago, Illinois. Learn more about BTEC annual meetings.
BTEC welcomes new investigators to join the consortium. Investigators are encouraged to contact consortium members if they would be interested in conducting additional analyses of existing consortium data. Find more information about BTEC membership.
- Daniela Seminara, Ph.D., Epidemiology and Genomics Research Program (EGRP), Division of Cancer Control and Population Sciences (DCCPS), NCI