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Clin Neuropathol. 2015 Jan-Feb;34(1):40-6.

Brain Tumor Epidemiology - A Hub within Multidisciplinary Neuro-oncology. Report on the 15th Brain Tumor Epidemiology Consortium (BTEC) Annual Meeting, Vienna, 2014.

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Institute of Neurology, Medical University of Vienna, Austria, Department of Pediatrics, Section of Hematology-Oncology, Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, TX, USA, Department of Biomedical Imaging and Image-guided Therapy, Medical University of Vienna, Austria, Department of Neurosurgery, CHU Montpellier, France, Service of Neurology, Hospital Clínic, University of Barcelona, Spain, German Cancer Research Center DKFZ, Heidelberg, Germany, Division of Child Neurology, Department of Neurology, Stanford University, CA, USA, SwissCore, Brussels, Belgium, Erasmus MC, Rotterdam, The Netherlands, Central Brain Tumor Registry of the US, Hinsdale, IL, USA, Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics, Department of Neurological Surgery, University of California, San Francisco, Department of Epidemiology, University of California, Los Angeles, CA, Brown School Master of Public Health Program, Washington University in St. Louis, MO, Division of Hematology-Oncology, The Vontz Center for Molecular Studies, University of Cincinnati, OH, Department of Neurology, The Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN, USA Division of Pediatric Hematology/Oncology, Dalhouse University, Canada, Human Genome Sequencing Center, Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, TX, USA, Preventive Medicine, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA, Brain Tumor Center, University of Cincinnati, and Case Comprehensive Cancer Center, Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine, Cleveland, OH, USA.


The Brain Tumor Epidemiology Consortium (BTEC) is an open scientific forum, which fosters the development of multi-center, international and inter-disciplinary collaborations. BTEC aims to develop a better understanding of the etiology, outcomes, and prevention of brain tumors ( The 15th annual Brain Tumor Epidemiology Consortium Meeting, hosted by the Austrian Societies of Neuropathology and Neuro-oncology, was held on September 9 - 11, 2014 in Vienna, Austria. The meeting focused on the central role of brain tumor epidemiology within multidisciplinary neuro-oncology. Knowledge of disease incidence, outcomes, as well as risk factors is fundamental to all fields involved in research and treatment of patients with brain tumors; thus, epidemiology constitutes an important link between disciplines, indeed the very hub. This was reflected by the scientific program, which included various sessions linking brain tumor epidemiology with clinical neuro-oncology, tissue-based research, and cancer registration. Renowned experts from Europe and the United States contributed their personal perspectives stimulating further group discussions. Several concrete action plans evolved for the group to move forward until next year's meeting, which will be held at the Mayo Clinic at Rochester, MN, USA.

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