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Funding for research into brain tumours explored

20 November 2015

The Petitions Committee hears from clinicians and the National Cancer Research Institute (NCRI) on Tuesday 24 November as part of its first ever inquiry into a petition calling for more funding for research into brain tumours.


Tuesday 24 November 2015, Committee Room 16, House of Commons

At 2.30pm

At 3.15pm

Attend the session

The session is open to the public and those interested are welcome to attend. Please note that there is limited seating which is allocated on a first come first seated basis. The session can also be watched live on Parliament TV.

Purpose of the session

The Petitions Committee looks at the petition issue and the Government's response to the petition, examining the levels of funding for research into brain tumours, and considering the role of the Government in funding this research.

This is the second oral evidence session of the inquiry. On Tuesday 4 November, the Committee heard from the petitioners Maria Lester and her parents Peter and Elizabeth Realf. It also heard from a panel of charities which included Cancer Research UK; Children with Cancer UK; Brain Tumour Research; and the Brain Tumour Charity. 

Background to inquiry

Following an e-petition, which was started on and reached over 14,000 signatures, the Petitions Committee is investigating the subject of funding for brain tumour research.

The e-petition calls on the UK Government to fund more research into brain tumours. It was started by Maria Lester, whose brother Stephen was diagnosed with a brain tumour at just 19 and died aged 26. Professor Cruickshank and Professor Pilkington were involved in Stephen Realf's care. Stephen also met Professor Warr when he went to look at her work in Wolverhampton.


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