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

Children with Cancer UK visit Brain Tumour Research Centre of Excellence

On March 12th Professor Geoff Pilkington of University of Portsmouth, Sue Farrington Smith and Wendy Fulcher, Chief Executive and Chairman of Brain Tumour Research respectively, were pleased to welcome Professor Denis Henshaw, Scientific Director of Children with Cancer UK on a tour of the world-class laboratory where he was able to witness first-hand the cutting edge research taking place into the disease.

Children with Cancer UK previously awarded a £196k grant to Professor of Neuro-Oncology Geoff Pilkington at our Centre of Excellence in University of Portsmouth; specifically to help further their research into finding a cure for childhood medulloblastoma.

Denis explained why this research is so vital:

“Medulloblastoma is the most common malignant brain tumour of childhood. The powerful protection that the blood-brain barrier provides means the many generic treatments used to fight cancers elsewhere in the body cannot be applied to children with brain tumours. This is one of the reasons why dedicated research is so important and why we are delighted to be funding the important work being undertaken by Professor Pilkington.”

Sue, Denis, Wendy and Geoff HR

With the funding from Children with Cancer UK, Pilkington’s team is using cutting-edge molecular techniques to unravel the biology of medulloblastoma. They are aiming to reverse an important genetic modification in medulloblastoma to develop a new gene therapy approach that can go forward to clinical trial.

Our partnership with the University of Portsmouth has gone from strength to strength since it began in 2010 and we are delighted that it is now attracting funding from larger cancer charities such as Children with Cancer and are extremely proud of the progress that Professor Geoff Pilkington and his team have made – thanks of course chiefly to the funds raised by our amazing supporters!

Read more about the incredible work being undertaken all four of our Centres of Excellence here.

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