APPG on Brain Tumours
Just 1% of national spend on cancer research has been allocated to brain tumours
All-Party Parliamentary Group on Brain Tumours
The All-Party Parliamentary Group on Brain Tumours (APPGBT) was established in 2005 to raise awareness of the issues facing the brain tumour community in order to improve research, diagnosis, information, support, treatment and care outcomes.
Since 2005, MPs and Peers from across the political spectrum have worked together in supporting the brain tumour community, researchers, clinicians and most importantly, patients and their families.
The APPGBT came into being after founding member charities of Brain Tumour Research had worked tirelessly to raise the need for more research into brain tumours up the political agenda. Our Patron, the Right Honourable John Bercow MP, Speaker of the House of Commons, and Sue Farrington Smith MBE, co-founder and trustee of Ali’s Dream (and now Chief Executive of Brain Tumour Research), were instrumental in establishing the APPGBT.
APPGBT Officers & Committee
- Derek Thomas MP - Chair
- Rt. Hon Alistair Carmichael MP - Vice Chair
- Lord Carlile of Berriew - Vice Chair
- Kevin Brennan MP - Vice Chair
“I am honoured to have the support of the brain tumour community and my colleagues in being elected chair. It is essential that the UK leads the way in investing in research into brain tumours. Our APPG will call for action and leadership from the Government. A brain tumour diagnosis is as devastating today as it was 20 years ago, this is unacceptable for all the patients and families in our communities."
- Derek Thomas MP
APPGBT members meet throughout the parliamentary calendar to discuss current policy issues, hear from expert speakers and listen to members of the brain tumour community.
Forthcoming meeting - 17th July 2018
The next meeting of the APPGBT will take place on 17th July 2018. This session will include the Annual General Meeting of the APPGBT.
Most recent meeting - 1st May 2018
As a part of its ongoing Inquiry into economic and social impacts of brain tumours, the meeting heard from The Brain Tumour Charity’s Young Ambassadors, who spoke on topics ranging from improving support services for younger patients to how employers could help those young people with brain tumours gain employment or stay in work.
The ambassadors were all keen to share their perspectives as a way to increase awareness of the particular difficulties encountered by young patients with a brain tumour diagnosis.
The session also heard from Dr Helen Spoudeas from Great Ormond Street Hospital, an expert in the effects of cancer treatment on children and younger patients.
This page will be updated with full minutes of the meeting in due course.
Copies of minutes from APPGBT meetings are linked below:
APPGBT Briefings to Parliamentarians
These documents inform MPs and other activists of the latest developments in our campaigning.
Download your copy of each briefing using the links below:
The Secretariat to the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Brain Tumours is provided by Brain Tumour Research. The Secretariat receives assistance from PB Political Consulting and The Brain Tumour Charity for the purposes of organising meetings
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