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'We need best scientists in the UK for child brain tumour research'

Newcastle University is at the forefront of groundbreaking research aimed at treating brain tumours in children.

The £4m study will look at the different types of brain tumours that children get - and the results will be used to tailor their treatment.

It's hoped the five-year project will save lives as well as sparing children the trauma of unnecessary treatments.

Prof Steve Clifford from the Northern Institute for Cancer Research said its success will depend partly on attracting the best scientists in the UK.

Scientists hope to increase brain tumour cure rate

The benefits that we're trying to bring to children with brain tumours are two-fold.

Through understanding the biology of brain tumours in much more detail, we hope to be able to increase the cure rate for children with brain tumour.

And for those children that survive their brain tumours, we also want to make sure that their quality of life is as good as it can be following their treatment.

– Prof Steven Clifford, Newcastle University

£4m research programme into child brain tumours

Scientists at Newcastle University are leading a £4m research programme aimed at saving children's lives by beating brain tumours.

New screening techniques will identify genetic and biochemical features of aggressive brain tumours in youngsters.

By matching their laboratory findings to the progress of children with these tumours in the clinic, they hope to find out how such characteristics affect the way the tumours grow.

Newcastle is one of three UK centres that make up the INSTINCT network, created to further the understanding and treatment of aggressive childhood brain tumours.