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Moving glioblastoma from terminal to treatable, powered by patients

OurBrainBank is an innovative, patient-led movement designed to move glioblastoma from terminal to treatable, powered by patients.

Our pilot study used a free app that patients or caregivers used to track symptoms, share data with clinicians, and donate data to medical research. After closing our successful pilot study in 2021, we plan to launch a new study in 2022.

Read our GBM Bill of Rights and print out a copy to take to your doctor.

Resources for people living with GBM and their care partners including clincial trial matching, navigation help, and support.

Jessica Morris’ memoir IT’S ALL IN MY HEAD.


Our founder, Jessica Morris (1963-2021), lived with glioblastoma for more than five years.

Read her story


OurBrainBank is a new approach to cracking cancer. We focus on one of the most complex and aggressive brain cancers — glioblastoma — because overcoming one of the toughest cancers may be the key to cracking them all. OurBrainBank was designed by, for, and with people with glioblastoma.

Researchers need data from people living with GBM to help find new and better treatments, extend outcomes,  and to improve quality of life. OurBrainBank closed our pilot study in 2021, stay tuned for our next steps.


OurBrainBank is a powerful community of people affected by GBM supporting each other through a Facebook group, newsletter, Instagram, Twitter, and our YouTube channel. We’re growing all the time, please join us.

Our board includes passionate professionals from the worlds of media, tech, strategy, business, and law — some living with GBM, all touched by the disease.

Medical & Tech Advisors
Our medical and tech advisors include neuro-oncologists, neurosurgeons, academics, and other experts from institutions such as Columbia University, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, the NIH, Memorial Sloan Kettering, NYU Langone Health, and Northwell Health.

13,000 people are diagnosed with glioblastoma in the US each year

15,000 people are lost

5% five-year survival rate

5% of research funding applications succeed

Research shows that patients who self-track symptoms and treatments have better outcomes

Jessica Morris, founder“When I use the app, I’m managing the disease, not the other way around. I need better treatments now.”
— Jessica Morris, OurBrainBank Founder 1963-2021
“We’re honored to have world-class neuro-oncologists advising us, ensuring that we analyze the data we collect to best effect.”
— Kelli Duprey, Principal Investigator 


Dr. Fabio Iwamoto“The key to tackling GBM lies in research. This app could have a real impact on our ability to extend lives.”
— Fabio Iwamoto, MD, Deputy Head of Neuro-Oncology at Columbia University


Three strategic, interrelated programs:
OBB Explore: researchers use patient data & methodology.
OBB Engage: patient-centered advocacy
OBB Empower: improved access to clinical trials


Media around the world has covered our groundbreaking work including the New York Times, The Guardian, and more.