The Brain Cancer Collective is the fundraising arm of Brain Cancer Biobanking Australia - raising funds to accelerate brain cancer research.
Brain cancer kills more children and adults under 40 than any other cancer, yet remains one of the most under-researched of all the cancer groups. Unlike most cancers, brain cancer survival rates have not improved significantly over the last 30 years and remain amongst the lowest of all cancer survival rates.
In the words of world expert in brain cancer research, Professor Timothy Cloughesy (UCLA).
“Australia has the potential to build the largest centralised registry of brain cancer tissue and data in the world and simply by allowing global access to that registry could do more than Europe or the US to advance brain cancer research”.
Each year BCBA needs $250,000 to support their operations
To make research breakthroughs and develop new treatments, scientists need to understand what drives these deadly tumours and for that they require access to large amounts of high quality tumour tissue and the associated data. Due to the nature of the disease, sufficient tissue samples are extremely hard to gather, which in turn has severely hampered research efforts.
Brain Cancer Biobanking Australia (BCBA) - a consortium of leading paediatric and adult brain cancer clinicians and researchers - has established Australia’s first national brain tumour tissue registry. Bringing together a network of biobanks across the country, BCBA is enabling a collaborative approach to research, providing access to the samples and data needed to drive research and ultimately deliver better outcomes for brain cancer patients.