The Brain Cancer Virtual Institute has evolved from the CRUKCC Neuro-Oncology Programme and is a network of researchers and clinicians in Cambridge working to improve outcomes for brain tumour patients.
Over 11,000 people are diagnosed with new cases of brain or central nervous system cancer every year in the UK, and the outlook for patients has changed little over the past 10-15 years.
Brain tumours have been defined as a cancer of unmet need by CRUK.
The BCVI works alongside the Cancer Research UK Children’s Brain Tumour Centre of Excellence (CRUK-CBTCE), which brings together teams at the University of Cambridge and the Institute of Cancer Research (ICR) to revolutionise the approach to research and treatment of paediatric brain tumours, drawing on the host institutions' strengths in therapeutic discovery.
To forge an innovative four-stage pipeline that generates curative treatments for children with brain tumours.
To transform the way, the world develops treatments for children with brain tumours.
The research strategy for the CRUK-CBTCE is centred on their biology, drug discovery and development pipeline, which will leverage the expertise of the brightest minds in the paediatric brain tumour field. For more information on the CRUK-CBTCE, please visit their website.
Following Tessa Jowell’s call for action to improve brain tumour treatment, research and survival, the Tessa Jowell Brain Cancer Mission (TJBCM) was formed in February 2018. The mission consists of passionate academics, doctors, members of cancer charities, patients, and other individuals to help facilitate a new national strategy for brain tumours.
The TJBCM serves as a convening body for these organisations, enabling them to work together to make a tangible change in brain tumour treatment and research. TJBCM is neither a charity, fundraising nor grant-awarding body.
Over the next five years the TJBCM is focusing on six strategic objectives, organised through individual Strategic Programmes. These initiatives are:
- Clinical trials
- Training for physicians
- Emerging data and technology
- Tessa Jowell Centre Designation