Forum for Science, Industry and Business

Sponsored by:     3M 
Search our Site:

 

New centre for brain tumour research

06.03.2008
Plans for the UK’s first dedicated laboratory-based brain tumour research centre will take a step closer today.

The University of Portsmouth is joining forces with brain tumour charity, Brainstrust and other partners to create a centre of excellence for brain tumour research on the South Coast.

Brain tumours are the most lethal and devastating tumours. They are the most common cause of death in children after accidents and the most common form of cancer in people under 40.

The new centre will focus entirely on dedicated laboratory-based brain tumour research in both adults and children.

Professor of Cellular & Molecular Neuro-oncology, Geoff Pilkington, who is leading the research team at Portsmouth, is chairing an open day at the University today to showcase the current facilities and to introduce major collaborators to the University.

Attendees include cricketer Alan Igglesden, the former Kent and England fast bowler, who was first diagnosed with a brain tumour several years ago. He is currently receiving treatment by Professor Pilkington and has long been a supporter of his work.

He and other brain tumour patients will hear about the current neuro-oncology research projects at Portsmouth and about the latest research in the field such as the development of new drug delivery systems to the brain.

Representatives from neurosurgical centres and charities which are currently funding research at the University will also attend, including leading brain tumour charities such as Ali’s Dream, Brain Tumour UK, and Charlie’s Challenge. Other attendees include senior clinical neuro-science staff from Southampton General Hospital and trustees, patrons and key supporters of Brainstrust.

Professor Pilkington said: “The aim of the collaboration between Brainstrust and Portsmouth University is to fund new specialist staff in neuro-oncology to further our research and to raise funds to buy equipment and provide essential running costs.”

Dr Helen Bulbeck is director and co-founder of Brainstrust, the Meg Jones tumour charity. She said: “Brain cancer research attracts relatively very little funding compared to other cancers, such as breast, bowel, lung and prostate. This is why raising awareness through this open day is so important.”

It is anticipated that several clinical leading neuro-oncology centres will provide vital tissues and clinical experience while the University will provide medical research programmes, training courses and a state of the art laboratory.

Those already on-board include Hurstwood Park Neurological Centre, Hayward's Heath, Maidstone NHS Hospitals, King's College Hospital, London & Charing Cross Hospital and the Institute of Neurology in London.

Professor Pilkington said that the centre would encourage institutions to collaborate in order for patients to benefit from a research informed environment.

Lisa Egan | alfa
Further information:
http://www.port.ac.uk

More articles from Science Education:

nachricht Decision-making research in children: Rules of thumb are learned with time
19.10.2016 | Max-Planck-Institut für Bildungsforschung

nachricht Young people discover the "Learning Center"
20.09.2016 | Research Center Pharmaceutical Engineering GmbH

All articles from Science Education >>>

The most recent press releases about innovation >>>

Die letzten 5 Focus-News des innovations-reports im Überblick:

Im Focus: Breakthrough with a chain of gold atoms

In the field of nanoscience, an international team of physicists with participants from Konstanz has achieved a breakthrough in understanding heat transport

In the field of nanoscience, an international team of physicists with participants from Konstanz has achieved a breakthrough in understanding heat transport

Im Focus: DNA repair: a new letter in the cell alphabet

Results reveal how discoveries may be hidden in scientific “blind spots”

Cells need to repair damaged DNA in our genes to prevent the development of cancer and other diseases. Our cells therefore activate and send “repair-proteins”...

Im Focus: Dresdner scientists print tomorrow’s world

The Fraunhofer IWS Dresden and Technische Universität Dresden inaugurated their jointly operated Center for Additive Manufacturing Dresden (AMCD) with a festive ceremony on February 7, 2017. Scientists from various disciplines perform research on materials, additive manufacturing processes and innovative technologies, which build up components in a layer by layer process. This technology opens up new horizons for component design and combinations of functions. For example during fabrication, electrical conductors and sensors are already able to be additively manufactured into components. They provide information about stress conditions of a product during operation.

The 3D-printing technology, or additive manufacturing as it is often called, has long made the step out of scientific research laboratories into industrial...

Im Focus: Mimicking nature's cellular architectures via 3-D printing

Research offers new level of control over the structure of 3-D printed materials

Nature does amazing things with limited design materials. Grass, for example, can support its own weight, resist strong wind loads, and recover after being...

Im Focus: Three Magnetic States for Each Hole

Nanometer-scale magnetic perforated grids could create new possibilities for computing. Together with international colleagues, scientists from the Helmholtz Zentrum Dresden-Rossendorf (HZDR) have shown how a cobalt grid can be reliably programmed at room temperature. In addition they discovered that for every hole ("antidot") three magnetic states can be configured. The results have been published in the journal "Scientific Reports".

Physicist Dr. Rantej Bali from the HZDR, together with scientists from Singapore and Australia, designed a special grid structure in a thin layer of cobalt in...

All Focus news of the innovation-report >>>

Anzeige

Anzeige

Event News

Booth and panel discussion – The Lindau Nobel Laureate Meetings at the AAAS 2017 Annual Meeting

13.02.2017 | Event News

Complex Loading versus Hidden Reserves

10.02.2017 | Event News

International Conference on Crystal Growth in Freiburg

09.02.2017 | Event News

 
Latest News

From rocks in Colorado, evidence of a 'chaotic solar system'

23.02.2017 | Physics and Astronomy

'Quartz' crystals at the Earth's core power its magnetic field

23.02.2017 | Earth Sciences

Antimicrobial substances identified in Komodo dragon blood

23.02.2017 | Life Sciences

VideoLinks
B2B-VideoLinks
More VideoLinks >>>