The Preston Robert Tisch Brain Tumor Center at Duke

Board of Advisors | Advisors Assist in Efforts to Promote Research Funding

The purpose of the Board of Advisors of The Preston Robert Tisch Brain Tumor Center at Duke is to help the Center achieve what it could not do alone to increase the well being and survival of children and adults with brain tumors.

As advisors, the Board assists the Center’s program and administrative leadership in achieving long-range goals and establishing specific priorities for future development and growth in research. The Board also monitors the program for quality and assists in efforts to share information about the work of the Center, including ongoing progress in research and treatment. An important role of Board members is to advocate for increased federal funding for cancer research—particularly in neuro-oncology.

Established in 1992, the Board currently has 53 members.

Ellen Stainback, External Relations Director, Darell Bigner, MD, PhD, Center Director, and Rita Bigner oversee the work of the Board.


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Board Helps Funding


The number one priority of the Board of Advisors is to raise money to support the research efforts of the Preston Robert Tisch Brain Tumor Center at Duke. A leading example of Board member commitment to that task is the work of William and Gigi Harris and Marc and Mattye Silverman, shown above with Dr. Darell Bigner, Director of the Center. Their nine years of leadership in the Hopebuilder’s fundraising event lead to the creation of an endowment that enabled the Center to recruit world-class scientist Francis Ali-Osman to the team.