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Brain tumour tissue bank launched in Glasgow

20th September 2011

The first brain tumour tissue bank in the UK has been opened in Glasgow in order to provide researchers with a valuable resource of samples.

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Scientists hope that researchers using the bank will be able to create new treatments for brain tumours.

Better treatments for the condition are needed as they cause more childhood deaths than any other kind of cancer.

Before the opening of the bank, researchers at hospitals and universities used their own tissue banks which did not always allow other researchers access to the samples.

Professor Anthony Chalmers, from the University of Glasgow, who headed the project, said: "By making this resource available to other researchers, not only here but also around the world, we increase the likelihood that some valuable piece of information will come out of it."

"The more people who are using the resource, the more likely it is that people will benefit." 

The bank will be called 'Charlotte's Bank of Hope' after 16-year-old Charlotte Smith, who died of a brain tumour.

Her mother Anita Smith raised the £30,000 in funding needed to staff the bank.

Professor Chalmers said: "Treatment is not as good as it could be, or should be, and one of the reasons for that is that everyone's brain tumour is different. And we are beginning to understand that and the ways that those tumours differ from each other."

 

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