Research

Bringing hope through research

Hope is obtained everyday with new advances in research in the neuro-oncology field in Canada. Over time research has led to: improvements to technologies allowing us to view the brain; advances in surgical techniques, radiation practices and treatments for all tumour grades; as well as improvements for pediatric patients. The entire research program is funded thanks to generous donors from across Canada.

We are excited to announce the 2016 Fellow and Studentships!

Program logistics for Research Grants are currently under review, please check back in September 2016.

Brain Tumour Research Grants Awarded in 2015!

Five Canadian researchers have been awarded funds to further investigate the causes, diagnosis and treatment of brain tumours. Read more about this exciting research!

Thanks to the generosity of donors, research is moving forward with the awarding of funds to promising young reseachers through fellowships and studentships. Projects include investigations into: medulloblastoma, gliomas, pituitary tumours and tumour progression.

"We need all hands on deck" Changing the future of brain tumour research.
Spencer worked on a medulloblastoma project, looking into ways to stop the brain cancer cells from dividing and spreading to other parts of the body. By developing a model to test drug treatments on different cell lines in order to gain a better understanding of how the cells react, Spencer says it could lead to a way to improve the lives of children affected by medulloblastoma – one of the most aggressive pediatric brain cancers. Spencer's story appeared in the Fall 2014 BrainStorm newsletter, read the story now!
Calgary Brain Tumour Researcher Dr. Narendran"It's always about the patients." One Researcher's Commitment to Finding a  Cure
“Your child has a brain tumour.” – Six shocking words no parent should ever have to hear, and the impact of which can be devastating. For Calgary researcher Dr. Aru Narendran, knowing first-hand what the brain tumour journey can mean for families motivates him to spend his days in a lab. There he and his team search for a cure for one of the most fatal types of malignant pediatric brain tumour, atypical teratoid/rhabdoid (AT/RT). Absolute in his determination to eradicate childhood cancers, Dr. Narendran has a few choice words of his own for the illness. “I don’t see a reason why we can’t cure every single kid with cancer. We cured polio and other diseases completely, so it’s just a matter of time. It will happen.” Read the rest of this story...

One researcher explains the impact of receiving research funding: 

"Funding from Brain Tumour Foundation of Canada provided the necessary seed money to test novel ideas associated with my pediatric brain tumour work during my first year as a principal investigator. This grant also provided funds for a new graduate student in my laboratory. As a new investigator in Canada during a time when every dollar counts, support from Brain Tumour Foundation of Canada helps to ensure I have all the necessary resources to move my research forward and find new therapeutic targets for this highly aggressive disease."

Since 1985, donor support has led to Brain Tumour Foundation of Canada supporting the important research into the cause of and cure for brain tumours including the: 

Research Video

Research is a fundamental component of our organization's mission to help patients.  Watch this video to learn about the projects and research initiatives happening all the time - and made possible by the financial support from people like you.


If you are wondering about the investment in brain tumour research in general, check out the Canadian Cancer Research Alliance's reports in English and French.

To speak to someone about all of these research opportunities, please contact:

Susan Ruypers
Research and Education Specialist
sruypers@braintumour.ca
1-800-265-5106 ext. 240

 

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