The Preston Robert Tisch Brain Tumor Center at Duke

A Tug McGraw Foundation Program


Tim McGraw

Henry S. Friedman, MD

To discover how people can live well in spite of a brain tumor in themselves or someone they love

Our aggressive approach to research and deep concern for our patients means our research is not limited to stopping the tumor. Estimates are that there are now more that 200,000 survivors of brain tumors in the United States. So here, we work equally hard to understand the potential impact of therapies both during treatment and over the long-term.

In the Tug McGraw Research Center, we are testing agents that show promise in improving cognition and in lessening side effects of treatment. We are comparing exercise regimens and complementary / alternative therapies that may improve mood, lessen fatigue, contribute to overall wellbeing, perhaps even extend length of life.

We are also studying the needs of caregivers and exploring better ways to meet the needs of those significant people who are also impacted when someone they love has a brain tumor.

We'll explore every therapeutic possibility to give our patients the best chance.

Tug McGraw Research Center News

Quality of Life/Supportive Care Studies

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Making Believe Real

Watch this video to learn about the Tug McGraw Research Center at Duke!

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Why Quality of Life Research is Important

Renee Raynor, PhD
Meet Renee Raynor, PhD
Principal Investigator

Scientific Goals

Neuropsychological Testing

Developing interventions to improve cognition for patients is one of our primary goals. Read more about our goals and achievements.


Our History

In 2003, Tug McGraw established the foundation that supports the work of our research center at Duke. Read more about the creation of our center.


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