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National brain tumour research funding needs to increase to £30-35 million a year

Poliovirus, Car -T, Proton Beam and seaweed - Worldwide research update

  • Two clinical trials are underway to assess the effectiveness of a type of cell-based therapy called CAR T-cells in tackling diffuse intrinsic pontine glioma (DIPG), and another related disease with a similarly poor prognosis, diffuse midline glioma (DMG). Both trials are using the genetically engineered cells, most often made by taking a patient’s own T-cells and genetically manipulating them to hone in on a specific target present on cancer cells and attack them. When reporting on her findings leader of the clinical trial at Stanford University Michelle Monje, MD, PhD, says “It was a striking and consistent result; after more than a decade of research in DIPG preclinical models, I had never seen anything that promising.”
  • If you two minutes to spare this weekend watch this video clip about how “Gammatiles zap brain cancer” – essentially after a tumour is removed, a gamma tile is left in place to attack any newly growing cells within its vicinity.

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