National brain tumour research funding needs to increase to £35 million a year
Now we are 10
Six months into our tenth anniversary year, we continue to celebrate how capacity for research into brain tumours has been increased in the last decade.
The mission of Brain Tumour Research is to build a network of sustainable research at dedicated Centres whilst influencing the Government and the larger cancer charities to invest more nationally. We were delighted to launch our first Centre at the University of Portsmouth in 2010. After a stringent peer review process, we selected three further Centres which were launched in 2014 and 2015.
With secure long-term funding covering the salaried positions within these Centres, the researchers are able to pursue the sustainable and continuous research so desperately needed by the scientists and clinicians working in this historically underfunded field.
The scientists at our four UK Centres are working together to gain a greater understanding of brain tumours and to identify ways in which they can be treated effectively. Our funding strategy means that we are investing in long-term research, building the “critical mass” of expertise needed to accelerate the journey to find a cure. In turn, this facilitates increased research investment from other sources to grow the overall capacity for research into brain tumours in the UK.
It is essential that we fund long-term research into this devastating disease. Despite advancements for many other types of cancer, treatment options for brain tumours are still very limited, largely due to the historic underfunding for research into neuro-oncology.
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