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Neuroscience Workshop

16,000 people diagnosed with a brain tumour every year

Neurosciences and brain tumour research: joining forces for greater impact

The Medical Research Council and the Brain Tumour Research charity joint workshop, in collaboration with the British Neuroscience Association - Tuesday 23rd October


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When you are diagnosed with a brain tumour, the impact on you and those around you is immense. For the Realf family, their response to losing their son Stephen to this dreadful disease was to start an online petition asking the UK Government for more money to be invested in brain tumour research. Working together, we helped them to get over 120,000 signatures, and the petition resulted in a parliamentary debate on the funding of brain tumour research in the UK.

A Task and Finish Working Group, chaired by Chris Whitty (Department of Health and Social Care Chief Scientific Advisor), was established in 2016 as a direct result of a parliamentary debate. Our Chief Executive Sue Farrington Smith and Nathan Richardson, Head of Molecular and Cellular Medicine at the Medical Research Council (MRC), were active members of this Group. A report by the group was published in February 2018, and it identified significant opportunities for the brain tumour and neuroscience communities to work in partnership.

In response to the report, Brain Tumour Research, the MRC and the British Neuroscience Association (BNA) are jointly organising a workshop with the purpose of:

  • Bringing together the neurosciences and brain tumour research communities
  • Highlighting some of the most exciting technologies and techniques available
  • Building partnerships between both communities
  • Discussing funding opportunities for multidisciplinary applications aiming to tackle the challenges facing brain tumour research

This workshop is free, and will take place on the 23rd October 2018 at the BEIS Conference Centre, 1 Victoria Street, London, SW1E 5ND.

The event will consist of:

  • An overview of available funding schemes for cancer research at the MRC
  • Moderated discussions with active participation from attendees, focusing on:
    • Cellular models, emerging technologies and systems biology
    • Biomarkers, early diagnostics, therapeutics and patient stratification
    • Drug delivery, microenvironment and stroma, vasculature and the brain-blood barrier, immunomodulation
    • Functional imaging, EEG, MRI, animal models to patients
  • A plenary lecture by Professor John Hardy, Institute of Neurology, UCL
  • Plenty of opportunities for networking and informal discussions

Register for the workshop

We expect that participants will be positioned to lead new research activities and seek MRC funding. Applications for this workshop are open to researchers with expertise in either neurosciences or brain tumours who are considering projects that might benefit from multidisciplinary expertise.

Applications must be received by 17:00 on 18th September 2018. Applicants will be informed of the outcome via email by the end of September 2018.

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