Cancer Research UK launches awards with prize £18m prize fund to aid brain tumour research

CRUK has launched its new Brain Tumour Awards in partnership with The Brain Tumour Charity.

The awards were launched to aid advancing understanding about the biology of the disease and the challenges translating discoveries into treatments.

Research teams around the UK can now apply for grants up to £10 million for each project over five years. Up to £18 million will be awarded in the first round.

CRUK has committed £15 million to the Brain Tumour Awards, and The Brain Tumour Charity has committed £3 million.

Dr Iain Foulkes, Cancer Research UK’s executive director of research and innovation, said: “We urgently need new insights and treatments to tackle brain tumours to improve survival. We want to attract and inspire the research community to accelerate progress for a disease that has seen few treatment options developed for patients and consequently little change in survival.”

The Brain Tumour Awards address six major themes:

  • Unlocking new insights into brain tumours using neuroscience
  • Unpicking brain tumours’ biology to design more effective drugs
  • Exploiting the brain tumour environment to make better treatments
  • Developing more accurate ways to study brain tumours
  • Improving brain tumour diagnosis to make treatment more personal
  • Develop kinder treatments for brain tumours

Each year approximately 11,400 people in the UK are diagnosed with a brain tumour and only 14% of people survive their disease for 10 or more years.

Source: PharmaTimes