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 Board of Directors consists of members selected by vote to represent the BTEC members. The Board of Directors 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 2014 meeting, Brain Tumor Epidemiology, A Hub within Multidisciplinary Neuro-oncology, was held September 8-11 in Vienna, Austria. The 2015 BTEC meeting, Evolving Evidence on Tumor and Germline Genetic Classification of Gliomas: Implications for Etiology and Survival Studies, was held on June 2-4 in Rochester, Minnesota. Details on the 2016 meeting will be posted when available. Learn more about BTEC annual meetings.
BTEC 16th Annual Meeting, Vienna, Austria - September 8-11, 2014
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