Dr. Mark Gilbert is the Deputy Chair for the Department of Neuro-Oncology at MD Anderson and one of the founders The Brain Tumor Trials Collaborative. He is also their Principal Investigator. With him is Dr. Terri Armstrong, Co-Principal Investigator and Director of Patient Outcomes Research.
The Brain Tumor Trials Collaborative (BTTC) was created in 2003 as a network of medical centers with the expertise and the desire to participate in state-of-the-art clinical trials investigating new treatments for malignant brain tumors. My guests speak of their vocation to dedicate their professional lives to helping people and the incredible advances in technology and methodology which are changing their field on a daily basis – and that is not an exaggeration.
Head to www.bttconline.org to find out more as you listen to the podcast and don’t hesitate to contact them if you have any questions or think they can help you.
We also mentioned Head for the Cure, the 5K Run & Walk event which drives awareness and fundraising for brain cancer research. Their website is: www.Headforthecure.org
Dr. Charles Hankins is a neonatologists practicing at Texas Children's Hospital. He is participating in the Bad Pants Open and this year, it’s on October 9 at the Clubs of Kingwood. They have raised over 3.5 million dollars and while this year's event is practically sold out, you can still participate by donating. The event benefits the Texas Children's Newborn Center and that is the focus of this interview. I was particularly interested in hearing Dr. Hankins’ thoughts on his vocation to help families, the new interpersonal methods of treatments doctors are adopting to treat children while also taking care of their parent’s needs and the extraordinary help our hospitals get from our community: they are in big part funded by private donations. I think the medical center is a measure of what a great city Houston is.
Interested in knowing more? Click here: www.BadPantsOpen.com
Rebecca Greene Udden is the founder and artistic director of Main Street Theater and Shannon Emerick is their director of marketing and development. They kick off their season with Tom Stoppard’s The Real Thing and the rest of the season is spectacular. Since MST is also educating thousands of children in theatre arts every year, we talk about the effects of art education and how something that is so much fun to attend in the evening also makes for an important education for children.
The Real Thing runs through October 6th. The extension on its run was just announced and that is happening because tickets are selling fast. Get in on the show: www.mainstreettheater.com