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National brain tumour research funding needs to increase to £35 million a year

Brain Tumour Research awarded £150,000 grant over three years by London Freemasons

We are proud to announce we have been awarded a £150,000 grant over three years by London Freemasons. The grant comes through the Masonic Charitable Foundation, which is funded by Freemasons from across England and Wales.

The six-figure sum will support vital research into glioblastoma multiforme (GBM), one of the most common and deadliest forms of brain tumour, in a project undertaken at our Centre of Excellence at the Blizard Institute at Queen Mary University of London

This research will apply state-of-the-art techniques to study the cells that convert to form glioblastoma in order to identify what it is that initiates this switch. They will particularly focus on stem cells, which are found in almost every organ in the body. Stem cells can develop correctly into most types of specialised cells, such as skin, blood or brain cells, but they can also change to form tumours.

Prof. Silvia Marino, who leads the Centre at the Blizard Institute, said: “This new funding allows us to take our work to the next level, so we can identify and characterise the key drivers of glioblastoma growth inside the brain. This will pave the way for novel drugs designed to kill specifically the cancer cells - precision therapeutics which will stop the tumour in its tracks, and have fewer toxic side effects.

“Although we are at the very early stages, this could have obvious eventual benefits to patients. If we are able to develop new insights into how and why brain tumours grow, then that is the first step towards innovative therapies for the future.”

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