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The Childhood Brain Tumor Prevention Network Act

May 24, 2011 —The National Childhood Brain Tumor Prevention Network Act was introduced in the House of Representatives by Congresswoman Barbara Lee (D-CA 9th District) and Congressman Rob Bishop (R-UT 1st District) and was introduced in the Senate by Senators Charles Schumer (D-NY) and David Vitter (R-LA).

This first-of-its-kind legislation would provide $25 million a year for five years for research into the epidemiology (cause) of brain tumors in children. The act mandates the creation of a Pediatric Brain Tumor Prevention Network to provide grants and coordinate research to determine risk factors and causes of childhood brain tumors. The act would mandate the creation of 'catchment' areas- groups of children diagnosed with brain tumors based on the region of the country in which they live. This creates larger groups of data to examine, providing statistically significant results, which have never before been available. Funded research will investigate:

•  environmental exposures
•  nutrition (what kinds of food, how many calories, etc.)
•  genetics (parents and child), epigentics (what turns genes off or on)
•  blood taken at birth (has the child's DNA changed since birth)
•  type of brain tumor (pilocytic astrocytoma, ependymoma, etc.)
•  region where the child lives in comparison to other regions

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