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Staff and students put their hats on for Brain Tumour Research

Staff and students will be supporting Wear A Hat Day in aid of the national charity Brain Tumour Research on Thursday 29 March 2018.

They will join supporters up and down the country, to put their hats on, have some fun and raise money to fund sustainable research that will bring us closer to a cure for brain tumours.

The University hosts one of four UK Centres of Excellence funded by Brain Tumour Research and was the first Centre of Excellence, launched in 2011. The team works on five complementary research programmes to investigate brain tumours in both adults and children, including primary and metastatic tumours. Their goal is to create novel and multi-targeted therapies for the treatment of brain cancer.

They have developed a pioneering all-human model of the blood-brain barrier, allowing them to develop strategies for delivering drugs to the brain in order to reach and attack brain tumours directly. They are also developing similar, human models for drug testing mimicking the multi-cellular complex nature of the brain in which tumours exist.

Professor Geoff Pilkington, Head of the University of Portsmouth’s Brain Tumour Research Centre of Excellence, said: “The University of Portsmouth Brain Tumour Research Centre uses state-of-the-art research facilities to investigate crucial biological features of brain tumours, which we feel are central to development of new approaches to the effective treatment of a wide range of such tumours effecting the brain.”

Long-time supporter, actor, author and former University of Portsmouth Chancellor Sheila Hancock CBE, whose grandson survived a childhood brain tumour, will also be appearing in the charity ad campaign for the second year running.

Wear A Hat Day has raised over a million pounds since it was launched by the charity Brain Tumour Research nine years ago and is the culmination of Brain Tumour Awareness Month in March. The big day will see schools, workplaces, families and individuals across the UK fundraising and taking part in fun events to raise awareness of brain tumours and help fund life-saving research.

Brain tumours kill more children and adults under the age of 40 than any other cancer, yet just 1 per cent of the national spend on cancer research has been allocated to this devastating disease. Funds raised through Wear A Hat Day 2018 will develop the charity’s network of world-class brain tumour research centres in the UK.

To get involved, or donate, please visit:

Or text HAT to 70660 to donate £5*

Follow Wear a Hat Day on Twitter using the hashtag #HATTASTIC

* Texts cost £5 plus network charge. Brain Tumour Research receives 100% of your donation. Obtain the bill payer’s permission. Call 01908 867200 with any queries.

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