The Children’s Brain Tumor Network (CBTN)

The Children’s Brain Tumor Network (CBTN) is a collaborative, multi-institutional research program dedicated to the study and treatment of childhood brain tumors. The CTBN supports the research of new prognostic biomarkers and therapies for children with pediatric brain tumors. As part of this research effort, the CBTN has developed a network of informatics and data applications which allow researchers from across the world to work together to discover cures. “Innovation through collaboration” is made possible by the CBTN’s state-of-the-art biorepository as well as expertise of leaders in the field of biomedicine.

The CBTN consists of 15 primary member institutions including: 1) Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, 2) Seattle Children’s, 3) The Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh and 4)Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago, 5) Benioff Children’s Hospital (UCSF), 6) Stanford University/Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital, 7) Meyer Children’s Hospital Florence Italy, 8) Cancer Institute of New Jersey (Rutgers), 9)Weill Cornell Medicine Pediatric Brain and Spine Center, 10) Children’s National Health System, 11) Joseph M. Sanzari Children’s Hospital at Hackensack University Medical Center, 12) Children’s Hospital of Orange County: CHOC Children’s, 13) University of California Santa Cruz – Treehouse Childhood Cancer Initiative 14) The Beijing Tiantan Hospital Neurosurgery Center (Beijing, China) and 15) Genebank (Beijing Genomics Institute – Shenzhen, China).

The operations center of the CBTN is located at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and integrates genomic and molecular research, biorepository management and support for the informatics platforms of the CBTN. This infrastructure serves an important role in the CBTN’s ability to provide free and open access to brain tumor data to researchers throughout the world.

The CBTN is completely funded by donor support. One hundred percent of all donations go straight to the CBTN and can be directed by area of interest. To learn how you can partner with the CBTN, please contact Josh Walker at (267) 426-6372 or

Visit the CBTN Website