Tissue Bank Boost for Yorkshire Researchers

Tissue Bank Boost for Yorkshire Researchers

Wed 16 December

A new Leeds based brain tumour Tissue Bank is set to open in January, meaning researchers in Yorkshire will be better resourced to continue their world-renowned work. 
The project will allow more collaboration locally and nationally, providing state-of-the-art resources to collect, examine and conserve fresh tissue samples.

In Yorkshire, an average of 1000 adults and children are diagnosed with a brain tumour every year; they are the biggest cancer killer of people aged under 40. The prognosis for brain tumour patients has improved very little over the last 40 years.
The Tissue Bank, headed up by outstanding scientist and Associate Professor Dr Lucy Stead at the University of Leeds, is being jointly funded by OSCAR’s Paediatric Brain Tumour Charity and Yorkshire’s Brain Tumour Charity for three years. Brain tumour research requires samples on a regular basis, with the aim of improving treatments and outcomes for adults and children, as well as to move us a step closer to finding a cure.
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, “We are delighted to be able to jointly fund the Tissue Bank which in the future will have a real positive impact for patients and the difficult choices they must make. It will improve treatment 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 Dr Lucy Stead is 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 will launch fully in January for researchers across our region and beyond to access, giving hope to thousands of families experiencing this devastating disease.

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