Leeds Tissue Bank launched to improve outcomes for brain tumour patients

Leeds Tissue Bank launched to improve outcomes for brain tumour patients


Sun 24 January

Researchers in Yorkshire are now better resourced thanks to a brand new Brain Tumour Tissue Bank launched in Leeds this month

The project enables improved collaboration locally and nationally, providing state-of-the-art resources to collect, examine and conserve fresh tissue samples to find treatments and ultimately moving us closer to a cure for brain cancer.
 
Every week 15 adults and children are diagnosed with a brain tumour in our region. They are the biggest cancer killer of people aged under 40, with prognosis for patients improving little in over 40 years. Research is vital to change these shocking statistics.
 
The Tissue Bank is being headed up by biomedical scientist Steven Pollock. Steven is experienced in this role having previously helping to establish the first Breast Cancer Now Biobank and latterly created the York Tissue Bank.
 
Steven told us “I am looking forward to bringing my knowledge back home to Leeds and being part of this fantastic project. With the great team here I’m looking to build an outstanding resource for the Brain Cancer Research community. My hope is that we can accelerate the understanding in this area and make a real difference to those affected by brain cancer both now and in the future.”
 
The Leeds Tissue Bank is a collaboration between Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust, which will collect the tissue samples, and the University of Leeds, which will process, store and distribute the samples for use in medical research.
 
Marie Peacock, Chief Executive Officer at Yorkshire’s Brain Tumour Charity said, “Brain tumours are devastating for the patient and their loved ones. We are delighted to be able to jointly fund the Tissue Bank which will help improve treatments and increase survival, and this is just the difference that one piece of research may make; the Leeds Tissue Bank will be of use for many more too.”
 
Marie Hughes, CEO of OSCAR’s charity lost her son Oscar to a Medulloblastoma (brain  tumour) in May 2014 when he was 9 years old, and her 5 year old son Milo is currently undergoing treatment for a different type of brain tumour. Marie says, “The only way to find a cure and less devastating treatments is to undertake critical research. The work that Steven and the team are doing locally will create more opportunities for researchers to have greater success in brain tumour investigation. This is an extremely exciting project to get involved with, as the impact that this will have on brain tumour research, not just in Yorkshire, but nationally and globally, is enormous.”
 
Dr Lucy Stead, Head of Glioma Genomics at the University of Leeds and the researcher responsible for opening the Leeds Tissue Bank, said, “To understand human disease, we need to learn from patient tissue. This tissue bank will facilitate a large range of brain cancer research in Leeds, and beyond, and help us advance towards finding a cure.”
 
The Tissue Bank gives hope to thousands of families experiencing this devastating disease.


Pictured: Steven Pollock, Leeds Brain Tumour Tissue Bank Manager

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