NIHR brain tumour research fellowships

New programme to develop brain tumour research

The National Institute for Health and Care Research (NIHR) has announced that it is jointly funding the Tessa Jowell Fellowship programme alongside the Tessa Jowell Foundation, to help build research capacity in brain tumour treatment.

The programme aims to “drive innovation into brain cancer research and treatment”, allowing fellows to work alongside leading clinicians and researchers, and will see two clinicians trained to “lead practice-changing brain tumour clinical trials”.

The two new fellows are named as Dr Morag Brothwell, from Addenbrookes Hospital in Cambridge; and Dr Sean Main, from University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust. They are to complete a programme of training in neuro-oncology clinical practice and research, whilst being hosted at King’s Health Partners and University College London Hospital.

Dr. Nicky Huskens, CEO of the Tessa Jowell Brain Cancer Mission, says: “We are delighted to welcome two fellows to the Tessa Jowell Fellowship programme. Through the training and research they plan to undertake, they will undoubtedly make a positive contribution to the thriving brain tumour research efforts in the UK and support patients affected by this devastating disease.”

It is hoped that the fellowship programme will be expanded in the future to include other specialties, including neuroradiology and pathology.