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

Our Chief Executive to speak at parliamentary evidence session

Five years on since its landmark report on funding for research into brain tumours, the House of Commons Petitions Committee is holding an evidence session on brain tumour and childhood cancer research.

Tomorrow’s session will hear evidence from experts, charity leaders, including Brain Tumour Research Chief Executive, Sue Farrington Smith MBE, and campaigners Peter Realf and Fiona Govan.

In 2016, following the e-petition started by Maria Realf in memory of her brother Stephen, the Petitions Committee conducted work on funding for research into brain tumours and published a landmark report on the topic. At the end of last year, the Committee scheduled a debate on Fiona Govan’s e-petition, which called for increased funding for research into childhood cancers with the worst survival rates.

The session will consider changes in the brain tumour research environment since the Committee last took evidence on the topic in 2019 (including the impacts of Brexit and the COVID-19 pandemic) and assess progress against the Committee’s recommendations on how to encourage more high-quality research into the disease.

It will also examine the research environment for childhood cancers with the worst outcomes, including diffuse intrinsic pontine glioma (DIPG).

The meeting will start at 2.30pm and you can watch proceedings live here:

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