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If only brain tumour research could be funded in the same way as leukaemia and other cancers

Brainstrust are launching the UK’s first wholly accessible brain tumour tissue bank on the 20th September

The bank is thanks to the fundraising efforts of one of brainstrust’s supporters, Anita Smith and will be a lasting legacy to Charlotte Smith, Anita’s daughter, who died from a brain tumour aged just 16. Housed at the Southern General Hospital in Glasgow, it will be the first of its kind to act as a repository of clinical information for all scientific, academic and commercial researchers across the UK. 

This means that, for the first time, researchers from any organisation, irrespective of location, will be able to directly access tissue to test for sensitivity to chemotherapy, for genetic links and to identify key markers for treatment that will, it is hoped, increase treatment options for future patients.

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