24/10/2016
Brain Tumour Awareness Week is a timely reminder we still have a lot to do to help children with cancer. The Kids’ Cancer Project is thrilled to be playing an important part.

“We are proud to be supporting seven current research projects that are helping children with brain cancer, the most common cause of cancer-related death in children,” said Owen Finegan, Chief Executive of The Kids’ Cancer Project.

“This year we have committed over $4 million across 26 projects this financial year. This includes $885,978 to researchers across four world class Australian Institutes that are specifically targeting brain cancer.” 

Thanks to community support The Kids’ Cancer Project has committed more than $260,000 to researchers at the Institute of Molecular Bioscience (IMB), at The University of Queensland. Read more on this Research Project

IMB Director Professor Wainwright wants a future where no children suffer deadly brain tumours. "Current therapies take a one-size-fits-all approach, so the prospect of targeted treatments is incredibly exciting and would revolutionise treatments world-wide,” Professor Wainwright said. 

“My goal is to cure a child of this awful illness and put myself and my staff out of a job. Thanks to The Kids’ Cancer Project this could become a reality.” 

Medulloblastoma is mainly a childhood aggressive tumour which accounts for approximately 20-25% of all childhood brain tumours, making it the most common paediatric brain malignancy. A major portion of treated children suffer from long-term side-effects due to the damaging effects of current treatment protocols.
 
The Kids’ Cancer Project is supporting a QIMR Berghofer Medical Research Institute research project to develop Personalised Medicine approaches to treating this paediatric brain cancer.

We are also supporting a project into Diffuse Intrinsic Pontine Glioma (DIPG) a devastating childhood cancer. With very few treatment options and no cure the only way we can help children with DIPG is through medical research.

“DIPG is one of the most aggressive brain cancers that occurs in children. Essentially it’s incurable. From the day a child is diagnosed with DIPG we have no effective treatments,” Dr David Ziegler, a researcher at the Children’s Cancer Institute and Paediatric Oncologist at Sydney Children’s Hospital, Randwick.

Dr Nick Gottardo, Head of Brain Tumour Research Program at Telethon Kids’ Institute in Western Australia is leading two projects into brain cancer, through two grants of nearly $190,000. “We need to think smarter and develop better therapies that are more targeted against brain cancer,” Dr Gottardo says.

Thanks to the supporters of The Kids’ Cancer Project, we’re on our way towards making a brain tumour free future a reality.  
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