£10 million funding for pioneering brain tumour research programmes

21 February 2014

The Samantha Dickson Brain Cancer Unit at the UCL Cancer Institute is one of three pioneering research programmes to benefit from an unprecedented £10 million in funding. Grants from The Brain Tumour Charity totalling £5million will fund the research programmes and are being matched by other charitable and public sources. The milestone investment paves the way to transform the diagnosis and treatment of both childhood and adult brain tumours, the biggest cancer killer of people under 40.

The team at UCL, led by Professor Paolo Salomoni, will be exploring the make-up of brain tumour cells to understand why they multiply so rapidly and often resist treatments. The aim is to find molecular targets that could be targeted by new or existing drugs to halt tumour growth.