Glioblastoma is an aggressive brain cancer, the treatment for which has remained largely unchanged for decades. The average length of survival is just 14 months from diagnosis. As a founding member of the UK’s Tessa Jowell Brain Cancer Mission, Minderoo Foundation has committed £1 million ($1.85 million AUD) with the goal to:
The Minderoo Precision Brain Tumour Programme, in partnership with the University of Cambridge, the UK National Health Service (NHS), and Illumina, is a landmark project providing brain cancer patients in the UK with access to a new level of innovation and excellence in treatment and care.
The Programme aims to successfully integrate precision medicine, where genomic information about a person’s tumour is used to diagnose and plan targeted treatment, into routine care in the NHS clinical setting for brain tumour patients.
The Programme is currently recruiting patients at Addenbrooke’s Hospital in Cambridge to undergo groundbreaking treatment, with an initial target of enrolling 225 adult patients over three years. The ambition is that this pilot will expand to other NHS hospitals throughout the UK to pave the way for a new standard of care for brain tumour patients.
It will also enable researchers unprecedented access to detailed genomic data to identify potential therapeutic targets, develop new treatments and offer innovative clinical trials, aiming to change the statistics on survival for patients.
The Minderoo Precision Brain Tumour Programme is contributing genomic and clinical data to Minderoo Foundation’s Universal Cancer Databank, which stores de-identified cancer patient data, creating a platform to promote global collaborative research.
It is our goal that sharing the processes and insights gained with global partners, will help change the prognosis for brain tumour patients worldwide.
The Tessa Jowell Brain Cancer Mission acts as a convening body for researchers, clinicians, philanthropy, and patient advocates to collaborate and facilitate a national strategy for brain cancer care in the UK. The Minderoo Precision Brain Tumour Programme works in partnership with the Tessa Jowell Brain Cancer Mission, the Cancer Research UK Cambridge Centre at the University of Cambridge, Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, NHS East Genomic Laboratory Hub and Illumina.