Brain Tumour Research Launches Fourth Centre
On 25th September, patients, carers, scientists, clinicians and charities from across the UK gathered in London for the launch of the fourth Brain Tumour Research Centre of Excellence, in partnership with Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust, London. The centre joins three others based at Queen Mary University of London, and universities in Portsmouth and Plymouth.
The new centre was chosen after a rigorous selection process including international peer review. While existing centres are led by neuroscientists, Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust’s is the first in the charity’s network to be headed up by a pioneering brain surgeon, Mr Kevin O’Neill:
“We must fight this disease until we have a cure and we remain committed to doing all we can to improve outcomes for patients.
As a brain surgeon, it’s my job is to go in and remove brain tumours, but I know all too well that this isn’t enough to remove the cancer. Working with a team of researchers, we are exploring novel treatments to halt brain tumour cell invasion into healthy brain tissue.
I am delighted to be working with Brain Tumour Research to help push forward scientific frontiers to bring us closer to a cure.”
The research and fundraising partnership between Brain Tumour Research and the Trust aims to raise £1 million a year towards new studies involving clinicians at the Trust’s neuro-oncology unit at Charing Cross Hospital and working with scientists from Imperial College London.
The occasion also saw the unveiling of a new Wall of Hope. Each day of research costs £2,740 and is represented by unique tiles on the wall which are dedicated to patients, their families, friends and corporate supporters.
The event gained considerable attention in the media and was featured by BBC London, BBC Norfolk and Charity Today.
A huge thank you to all the supporters who made the day possible. We are now over half-way towards our aim of creating a network of seven dedicated research centres.
Together we will find a cure.
Brain Tumour Research