Adult brain tumour research in 2024: Status, challenges and recommendations

Karin Purshouse*, Helen j. Bulbeck, Alasdair g. Rooney, Karen e. Noble, Ross d. Carruthers, Gerard Thompson, Petra Hamerlik, Christina Yap, Kathreena m. Kurian, Sarah j. Jefferies, Juanita s. Lopez, Michael d. Jenkinson, C. oliver Hanemann, Lucy f. Stead

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Abstract / Description of output

In 2015, a groundswell of brain tumour patient, carer and charity activism compelled the UK Minister for Life Sciences to form a brain tumour research task and finish group. This resulted, in 2018, with the UK government pledging £20m of funding, to be paralleled with £25m from Cancer Research UK, specifically for neuro-oncology research over the subsequent 5 years. Herein, we review if and how the adult brain tumour research landscape in the United Kingdom has changed over that time and what challenges and bottlenecks remain. We have identified seven universal brain tumour research priorities and three cross-cutting themes, which span the research spectrum from bench to bedside and back again. We discuss the status, challenges and recommendations for each one, specific to the United Kingdom.
Original languageEnglish
JournalNeuropathology and Applied Neurobiology
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 1 Apr 2024

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  • brain cancer


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