You can read the IBTA e-News October 2017 edition in full online here.
Some of the highlights from this month's include:
- The Australian government has announced the launch of the Australian Brain Cancer Mission, which will receive receive AUD $50 million over the next 10 years under the Medical Research Future Fund alongside AUD $50 million contributions from charities and philanthropic partners.
- The European Commission's Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation Framework Programme has awarded funding of almost €3.9 million to the GLIOTRAIN project, an initiative that will develop a European biomedical research training programme to investigate glioblastoma, training 15 ‘innovative, creative and entrepreneurial’ PhD students.
- A study in Nature Medicine, has found that the approved chemotherapy agent erlotinib (used in the treatment of pancreatic cancer and non-small cell lung cancer) inhibits glucose processing in glioblastoma cells, making them more vulnerable to other treatments.
- An international team of researchers has analysed the genetic profiles of over 1,000 paediatric and young adult high-grade gliomas or diffuse intrinsic pontine gliomas (DIPG) and found that these tumours had wide variability in the number of genetic abnormalities, ranging from a single genetic error to tens of thousands – among the highest number of mutations in any human cancer.
- According to a report published in FESB Journal, researchers have developed a three-dimensional model of the human blood-brain-barrier, which could help in the development and testing of future brain tumour therapies.
- Researchers from South Africa and the United States have found an association between HIV infection and high grade meningioma (WHO grade II/III) in young adults (under 35 years of age), compared to the general population.
- Donations to a brain tumour research fund increased from $100,000 to $1.8 million on the day following the death of Gord Downie, the frontman for Canadian rock band Tragically Hip, according to news reports. Gord Downie died from a glioblastoma on October 17, 2017, aged 53.
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