Tissue Bank boost for brain cancer researchers

A new Leeds-based brain tumour Tissue Bank is set to open following donations from two Yorkshire charities.

The facility, jointly hosted by the University of Leeds and Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust, will mean brain cancer researchers in Yorkshire will be better resourced to continue their world-renowned work.

The project, which begins in January, will allow more collaboration locally and nationally, providing state-of-the-art resources to collect, examine and conserve fresh tissue samples.

In Yorkshire, an average of 1,000 adults and children are diagnosed with a brain tumour every year; they are the biggest cancer killer of people aged under 40. The prognosis for brain tumour patients has improved very little over the last 40 years.

The Tissue Bank will be headed up by Dr Lucy Stead, Associate Professor at the University of Leeds, and is being jointly funded by OSCAR’s Paediatric Brain Tumour Charity and Yorkshire’s Brain Tumour Charity for three years.

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