Leading research centre to thank its supporters

World-renowned researchers at the Brain Tumour Research Centre, based at the University of Wolverhampton, carry out vital work to tackle the killer disease, dubbed the ‘Cinderella’ of cancers due to under-funding.

Scientists will welcome guests and share the successes of their research, as well as communicating the centre’s vision for the next five years.

Since it was established at the end of 2009, the centre has identified new targets in adult brain tumours that can be used to develop new ways of treating them, looked at new drugs and investigated how genes work in aggressive and hard to treat childhood brain tumours like paediatric glioblastoma and ependymoma.

Brain tumours are the 10th most common cancer in adults, but research has suffered from a lack of funding because it is less prevalent than breast and lung cancer.

Professor John Darling, the University’s Dean of Research and Co-Director of the Centre, said: “We are incredibly grateful for the donations we have received to make our work at the centre viable and want to show our supporters how their money is being spent.

“It’s an opportunity for people to meet our active researchers and find out more about what we do; as well as a chance for us to say thank-you.”

The Centre will also unveil its plans for the next five years in order to take laboratory studies nearer to the bedside.

The evening will take place on March 26 and will include tours of the Research Centre, demonstrations and networking opportunities. There will also be a 3D demonstration of University’s new Science Centre where the Brain Tumour Research Centre will be housed.

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For more information please contact Emma Pugh in the Press Office on 01902 322736

Date issued: Tuesday 25 March 2014

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