NRF funds ground-breaking brain cancer research at all three SA universities
The NeuroSurgical Research Foundation (NRF) funds leading research into Brain Cancer at the University of South Australia, University of Adelaide and Flinders University.
Prof Stuart Pitson, NRF Chair of Brain Tumour Research and Head of the Molecular Signalling Laboratory at the University of South Australia/SA Pathology - Centre for Cancer Biology.
“As NRF Chair of Brain Tumour Research, I can say that the brain tumour research we are currently funding thanks to generous donations from our supporters is life-changing and gives real hope to those suffering from this insidious disease.
“Unfortunately, much of the death and disability of tumours is attributable to their ability to spread and invade the brain leading to devastating consequences such as brain swelling. In fact, brain cancer kills more adults under 40 than any other cancer, kills more children than any other disease, and takes one life about every seven hours in Australia,” Prof Pitson said.
The aims of current NRF Brain Tumour Research include:
Current NRF funded brain tumour research projects are listed below:
Find out more about current NRF Brain Tumour research here:
What is Brain Cancer?
Brain cancers include primary brain tumours, which start in the brain and almost never spread to other parts of the body, and secondary tumours (or metastases), which are caused by cancers that began in another part of the body.
There are more than 40 major types of brain tumours, which are grouped into two main types:
In 2015, 1,787 brain cancers were diagnosed in Australia. The risk of being diagnosed with a brain cancer by age 85 is 1 in 103 for men and 1 in 161 for women.
In 2016, there were 1,439 deaths in Australia caused by brain cancer.
The five-year survival rate for brain cancer is 22%.
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