Launch of the Grand Challenge with Dr Hadwen Trust 

On 3rd December, we were proud to launch the Grand Challenge in partnership with the Dr Hadwen Trust at our flagship Research Centre of Excellence in the University of Portsmouth.

We were thrilled to be joined at this exciting event by many supporters, patients and scientists, all eager to share their experiences and help make a real difference to the future of brain tumour research.

The Grand Challenge is raising funds for a specific research project into crossing the blood-brain barrier, which stops most standard cancer drugs from treating brain tumours. The three-year project will cost £180,000.

Professor Geoff Pilkington, lead scientist within the Cellular and Molecular Neuro-Oncology Group at the University, gave a fascinating talk on how this ground-breaking research is to be conducted, using a unique "all human" 3D model of the blood-brain barrier. It is hoped that the success of this project will help reduce the need for animal testing in medical research in the future, and make significant advancements in the treatments available for brain tumour patients. 

The Grand Challenge has already attracted support from actor Peter Egan (pictured above left, alongside Prof Geoff Pilkington, right), seen recently in ITV’s gritty drama Unforgotten, and actress Anna Chancellor (Kavanagh QC and Four Weddings and a Funeral). 

Could you and your friends, family or colleagues raise a grand to help us cross the blood-brain barrier?
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