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Charity fund researcher to work on treatment for brain tumours in Newcastle

24-year-old Gemma Llargués Sistac who is a PHD research student Credit: BlueBird PR

The charity Blue Skye Thinking has announced the appointment of a PhD researcher to join the paediatric brain tumour research group at the Northern Institute for Cancer Research.

The charity raised £120,000 to fund 24-year-old Gemma Llargués Sistac in the four-year post based in Newcastle.

She'll work to identify drug combinations that could be used to improve survival rates from brain tumours and reduce how toxic treatments for tumours are.

Sally and Andrew Hall set up Blue Skye Thinking in memory of their son, Skye, from Abingdon who died in 2014 from side effects of his treatment for medulloblastoma, an aggressive and cancerous brain tumour.

Currently less than 2% of national cancer funding goes towards brain tumour research.

“I am excited by this amazing opportunity and I am looking forward to working with the team to support the charity’s clinical research.

Supporting research as it does, brings an opportunity to develop new therapies to improve survival rates of children with brain tumours, which can be translated into better quality of life and reduced toxicities related to therapy in surviving patients.”

– Gemma Llargués Sistac