Our brain tumour research programme is possibly one of the most comprehensive in the world.


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We fundraise through events and donations in order to raise awareness of the need for a significant increase in brain tumour research funding. We also fund projects involving research scientists and clinicians to improve brain tumour treatments and work towards finding a cure.

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Brain tumour research is woefully underfunded. We work to raise awareness of the critical need for increased funding while supporting desperately needed ‘bench-to-bedside’ research projects.

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We are a UK charity bringing together expert clinicians and research scientists with brain tumour patients and their family and friends to fight this devastating disease.

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Something to watch on BB2 on Wednesday 17th May - "A Time to Live": award-winning Sue Bourne filmed 12 terminally ill people (including one brain tumour patient) who told their stories. In each case, they focused on living not dying, and - hard though it is to believe, they all had positive things to say. For those of us touched by brain tumours, it will surely be an emotional - but hopefully uplifting - experience to watch it. Here at BTRC we shall remember Anna Swabey, who was due to take part in the filming last year, but sadly it was not to be.
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Read about some people whose lives have been touched by brain tumours – we hope you feel as inspired by them as we do!

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Melissa Huggins

Melissa Huggins is an attractive twenty-eight year old primary school teacher with a Grade lll Anaplastic Ependymoma brain tumour and further tumours in her spine. She was diagnosed in 2005 after many years of not knowing what was wrong. In 2009 with the help of her sister, fiancé and friends she raised £250,000 to send her to Boston, US for proton therapy to shrink the tumour. She has since had chemotherapy and radiotherapy and is back teaching at school three days a week.

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Our brain tumour research programme is possibly one of the most comprehensive in the world. Its aim is to look at every possibility to improve the outlook for brain tumour patients by producing rapid “translational” research, ie research that translates into treatments as quickly as possible. We have examined every aspect of the patient pathway from diagnosis through treatment to survival and have identified areas that require improvement to achieve this.

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The best research comes through exchanging ideas and collaborating with other institutions, both nationally and internationally.

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Research funded by BTRC has produced numerous publications and presentations: here is a list of the published papers, abstracts, posters and presentations that our grants have facilitated.

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A list of research projects under way and funded by BTRC.

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We promise that unlike many charities today:

  • none of the money raised will be spent on administration
  • 100% of net donations will go to research projects

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