Children's brain tumour research

Creating a brighter future for children with brain tumours


Children with brain tumours have to fight two battles – first for their lives, and then against the life-long disabilities caused by this devastating disease.

More children die from brain tumours than any other cancer yet brain tumour research receives less than 1% of the UK’s cancer funding.

For over 20 years, our world-leading researchers and clinicians at the Children's Brain Tumour Research Centre (CBTRC) have been working tirelessly to stop brain tumours from shattering the lives of children and their families. Though diagnosis times in the UK have halved, there is much more yet to do. Donate or fundraise today and you can help give children with brain tumours the bright future they deserve. 

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"My daughter Sophie was diagnosed with a brain tumour when she was 10. She was very fit and active but chemotherapy was so hard on her young body. Though weak, she was always looking for ways to help others - personally raising over £40,000 for research in just two years. Though she sadly passed away, we continue her fundraising. I want to carry on what she started".

Stacy Southwell, Sophie's mum   



With your help we can: 

Find brain tumours earlier

As a tumour grows, it inflicts progressive injury within the brain. By diagnosing a tumour early, we can help reduce this damage. 

Unlock the complexities

Not all brain tumours are the same - different types affect children differently. We are working to find the optimum ways to treat the tumour types.  

Boost treatment effectiveness

By finding innovative ways to get drugs directly into the tumour, we can use lower doses - helping to protect the healthy brain and body. 



Meet our researchers


"Our teams are developing a better understanding of the underlying biology of childhood brain tumours, in order to devise better and smarter treatments. Secondly we are enhancing imaging at diagnosis and early diagnosis. Thirdly, we are leading an international consortium to improve drug delivery and lastly, we are working on ways to the reduce delays in diagnosis, which so often result in disability and poor quality of life."

Professor Richard Grundy
UK trial lead at the University of Nottingham


"Treating cancer early is key to helping the long-term, life-limiting damage that brain tumours often cause. In the future, I believe there will be a test to predict if a child will develop a tumour, using the genetic information we have discovered over the past 10 years. You can help us drive forward new developments like this. Together, we can bring the day when all children can lead full lives, free from this devastating disease, a step closer". 

Professor David Walker
Co-Director of the CBTRC


Your belief and backing makes a difference  

For the past 20 years, visionary clinicians and researchers, along with generous donors, volunteers and fundraisers, have all helped make the CBTRC into the world-leading research centre it is today.

Thank you to everyone who has supported our research - in ways large and small. You make the difference. 

Support research into childhood brain tumours today