November 2013: Eight organisations in bid to be new Brain Tumour Research Centre of Excellence


Institutions Bidding To Become New Brain Tumour Research Centre of Excellence Funding the FightEight British universities and hospitals are in a bid to become the next Centre of Excellence dedicated to research into brain tumours. The successful institution will enter a funding partnership with Brain Tumour Research, defining a new chapter in long-term sustainable research. Currently brain tumours receive less than 1% of the national spend on cancer research, despite more children and adults under 40 dying of a brain tumour than any other cancer. 





The eight applicants include:

  • The Blizard Institute at Barts and the London School of Medicine, Queen Mary University of London, in collaboration with UCL Institute of Neurology
  • Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust
  • Centre for Cancer Research and Cell Biology at Queen’s University Belfast
  • Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham and the University of Birmingham
  • The Walton Centre NHS Foundation Trust (Liverpool)
  • The University of Central Lancashire (UCLan)
  • Plymouth University Peninsula Schools of Medicine and Dentistry
  • The University of Bristol

Brain Tumour Research aims to help place the UK at the forefront of scientific understanding for this devastating disease. The funding partnership will secure key salaried positions at the new Centre of Excellence, freeing the team from the limitations of applying for one specific project grant after another. As specialist brain tumour expertise and knowledge builds across the seven centres, experienced researchers will be able to move between them, collaborating on the best thinking at the cutting edge of research. It is anticipated that, with greater job security through sustained funding, promising researchers will be trained up through the ranks to become the next generation of brain tumour experts, rather than being tempted into other areas of cancer research which currently attract greater funding.  


Brain Tumour Research is currently supporting a Centre of Excellence based in The University of Portsmouth, which is the biggest brain tumour laboratory in the UK. Here a dedicated team is looking at the mechanisms that cause tumour cells to invade healthy brain tissue, with the aim that this work will improve survival times for patients and potentially, one day, lead to a cure.


Sue Farrington Smith, Chief Executive of Brain Tumour Research, said: “Opening a second Centre of Excellence will significantly increase the chances of a scientist having that ‘eureka moment’ which could dramatically improve the outcome for brain tumour patients. Only 18.8% of those diagnosed with a brain tumour survive beyond five years, compared with an average of 50% across other cancers, and we are determined to do all we can to change this.”


Brain Tumour Research is aiming to establish seven Centres of Excellence across the country and ultimately to find a cure into brain tumours. Read the full press release here.

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