Ushering in a 'New Dawn' in sub-Saharan Africa

The IBTA are proud to support the newly-formed Society for Neuro-Oncology Sub-Saharan Africa (SNOSSA) and the inaugural SNOSSA meeting, held in Abuja, Nigeria.

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Raising Awareness

Our international community of brain tumour organisations and individuals take part in events and walks year-round to raise global brain tumour awareness.

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Policy Work

The IBTA engages in policy work to improve outcomes both in the brain tumour field and the world of rare cancers. We work to represent the interests of people affected by brain tumours in a wide variety of international forums.


Our alliance

The IBTA brings together over 100 organisations and charities from around the globe. Many of our supporters work in the most challenging of environments, for example where healthcare, medicines and equipment for brain tumour treatments and care do not exist, are in short supply or difficult to access.

We are led by people with first-hand experience of living with a brain tumour. By working together with other organisations and initiatives we can achieve more.


The IBTA Brain Tumour Magazine

Our annual magazine is sent for free to recipients in 111 countries and widely distributed at international neuro-oncology and cancer conferences. It includes interviews with healthcare professionals, patients, caregivers and advocates, information on new treatments and other news from our international brain tumour community.


Raising awareness

It is extremely important to raise awareness of brain tumours, which are rare diseases. We actively encourage awareness-raising and fundraising activities around the world. The IBTA established the International Brain Tumour Awareness Week, and the Walk around the World for Brain Tumours, now in their 11th year

Click this image to find out more about how to get involved and how to register or report your activity.


Events and Conferences

The IBTA is pleased to list on its website the various conferences and meetings for the neuro-oncology scientific and patient communities.

We also organise the biennial World Summit of Brain Tumour Patient Advocates – a unique opportunity for advocates and stakeholders from around the world to exchange ideas on best practice, challenges and advocacy experiences; and build new relationships between organisations and individuals in the brain tumour advocacy field.



We are involved in a wide range of advocacy activities from raising public awareness of the challenges of brain tumours to advocating for equal access to promising new therapies to encouraging the establishment of brain tumour patient and caregiver organisations in countries where they don’t yet exist.


Walking around the world

The annual IBTA initiative, Walk Around the World for Brain Tumours, encourages people to take part in sponsored or unsponsored walks to raise awareness of brain tumours. Miles walked are symbolically ‘donated’ to the target of circling the Earth at the equator (24,901 miles or 40,075 kms)!

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The International Brain Tumour Alliance (IBTA) is a unique global network for brain tumour patient and carer groups around the world. We work alongside, and represent, members of our community - including researchers, scientists, clinicians, nurses and allied healthcare professionals - to engage in advocacy, to raise awareness and to share information.


IBTA 2019 – A brief overview

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A brief overview of IBTA's Vision, Mission and Purpose, and how we achieve these through our national and international collaborative work.

IBTA e-News August 2019 now out

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The IBTA's monthly e-News has now been released and been emailed to all subscribers. Some of the highlights from this month include news that a partnership between the University of…

The Society for Neuro-oncology Sub-Saharan Africa (SNOSSA) – an update on progress

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The Sub-Saharan Africa Neuro-oncology Collaborative (S-SANOC) planning meeting which took place at the Tower Hotel, London, United Kingdom in October 2017 formed the foundation for the birth of the Society…

All.Can Patient Survey Youtube video

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All.Can conducted a patient survey in over 10 countries, which asked almost 4,000 cancer patients and caregivers where they identified inefficiencies in their care.

All.Can report reveals opportunities for Governments to ‘Do the right thing by patients’

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The international All.Can cancer initiative has today (24 July 2019) published a major report urging health officials, governments and decision-makers to ‘do the right thing by patients’

NCI-CONNECT Aims to Advance the Study of Rare Brain and Spine Cancers

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NCI-CONNECT has established a national network of centers willing and eager to participate in studying rare brain and spine tumours...

2019/20 Edition of the IBTA’s “Brain Tumour” magazine now online!

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Copies of the 2019/20 world edition of our "Brain Tumour" magazine have been landing in the letterboxes of subscribers in over 111 countries across the globe, free of charge.

Personalised Cancer Medicine: Landmark EORTC Manifesto on Treatment Optimisation Released

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The EORTC has published a landmark manifesto, which sets an international framework for research into personalised cancer therapies and calls for reforming the current system to a truly ‘patient centred’…

IBTA Magazine 2019-20

The 2019/2020 World Edition of Brain Tumour magazine is now available! Request a free copy here or read it
online now.

Report on the Third World Summit of Brain Tumour Patient Advocates 2017, London.
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S-SANOC Report

Report of the Sub-Saharan Africa Neuro-Oncology Collaborative (S-SANOC) Meeting, London.
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The IBTA Alliance

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The IBTA is a proud associate partner of EURACAN, the European Reference Network (ERN) for rare adult solid tumours which includes a subgroup for brain tumours.

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What we do


We collaborate with government agencies, health professional and cancer organisations, pharmaceutical companies, clinicians and research institutes and patient advocacy organisations around the world.
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We strive for wider public recognition of the unique challenges patients with this devastating disease and their families face.
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We publish a monthly e-News with items of interest to the international brain tumour community. We also publish a major annual magazine called Brain Tumour which is sent for free to recipients in 110 countries.
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Events and conferences

We maintain a constantly updated list of major regional, national and international neuro-oncology conferences and other meetings relevant to brain tumours.
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Clinical trials

We maintain a list of key online clinical trial portals to help patients and carers locate clinical trial centres and understand criteria for joining a brain tumour trial.
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Ways you can support us

We would love to hear from you if you'd like to join our Alliance, help promote the IBTA, become a corporate sponsor, learn more about an awareness-raising event or make a donation.
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The IBTA welcomes donations from individuals in support of its important work around the world.  For further information, please click here. For more information on corporate sponsorship, click here.