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New brain tumour research Centre of Excellence is unveiled

27 October 2014

Patients, carers, scientists, clinicians and charities from across the UK gathered last week for the launch of a ground-breaking new partnership between the charity Brain Tumour Research and Queen Mary University of London (QMUL) in collaboration with the UCL Institute of Neurology.

Together they have established a new brain tumour research Centre of Excellence at QMUL, bringing a welcome and timely boost to long-term, sustainable and continuous research into the biggest cancer killer of children and adults under 40.

The Centre of Excellence is led by Professor Silvia Marino, a leading brain tumour scientist and neuropathologist based at QMUL’s Blizard Institute, and will specialise in identifying how glioblastoma multiforme (GBM) forms and grows within the brain with the final aim of identifying more efficient drug treatments.

Professor Denise Sheer, also from QMUL, and Professor Sebastian Brandner (Professor and Chair of Neuropathology, UCL Institute of Neurology) and Dr Jeremy Rees (consultant neurologist at the National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery) will be additional important research partners in this initiative.

Brain Tumour Research currently helps fund – through corporate and public fundraising – an annual £1 million programme of research at their Centre of Excellence in the University of Portsmouth. This relationship with QMUL, along with additional new partnerships with Plymouth University and Imperial College in London, will pave the way for a £20 million investment in brain tumour research over the next five years.

Further information:

QMUL press release

Brain Tumour Research press release

Professor Brandner's academic profile on IRIS

Dr Jeremy Rees' profile on UCLH