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Funding for research into brain tumours explored

29 October 2015

The Petitions Committee hears from petitioners and charities as part of its first ever inquiry into a petition calling for more funding for research into brain tumours.


Tuesday 3 November 2015, Committee Room 16, House of Commons

At 2.15pm

  • Maria Lester, and Peter and Elizabeth Realf, petition creators

At 3pm

  • Sue Farrington Smith, Chief Executive, Brain Tumour Research
  • Neil Meemaduma, Research Grants Manager, Children With Cancer
  • Sarah Mee, Head of Policy and Campaigns, The Brain Tumour Charity
  • Emma Greenwood, Head of Policy Development, Cancer Research UK

Purpose of the session

The Petitions Committee looks at the reasons behind why the petition was created, examining the levels of funding for research into brain tumours, and considering the role of the Government in funding this research.

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.

Further information

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