28 March 2019 Featured News

Australian-first research centre brings hope to kids with brain cancer

Directors of the Centre – Prof Greig de Zubicaraywith, Dr Tim Hassall, Prof Brandon Wainwright, and Prof Bryan Day with ambassadors Mitchell, Jenny, Cooper, Maddie and Max.


The Children’s Hospital Foundation is proud to launch Australia’s first research centre solely focused on paediatric brain cancer, treatment and survivorship.

The Centre for Child and Adolescent Brain Cancer Research (CCABCR) will unite the ‘best of the best’ in paediatric brain research to bring new hope to children and young people fighting the disease.

The centre will bring together world-leading researchers, doctors and facilities to boost brain cancer research capacity, and improve outcomes in Queensland and beyond, playing a vital role in the Australian Brain Cancer Mission, which aims to double survival rates and improve the quality of life of people living with brain cancer over the next 10 years.

A team of four directors – Dr Tim Hassall, Prof Brandon Wainwright, Prof Bryan Day and Prof Greig de Zubicaray – will guide the centre, which will involve collaborators at QIMR Berghofer Medical Research Institute, Queensland University of Technology – Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation, The University of Queensland’s Institute of Molecular Bioscience, The Diamantina Institute and Queensland Brain Institute, and the clinical infrastructure and specialists of Children’s Health Queensland Hospital and Health Service.

Currently, brain cancer claims the life of one Australian child every 11 days – more than any other disease. Despite advances in other types of childhood cancer, survival rates for brain cancer have made little progress over the past 30 years.

Dr Hassall said the centre would be a powerful collaboration of people and organisations driven by a shared purpose – to improve every aspect of brain cancer treatment and care that matters to children and their families. “Scientific and clinical research is the only way we can change outcomes for these children, and the Centre will have the best of the best in paediatric brain cancer research working together to make a meaningful and lasting difference,” Dr Hassall said. “Too many times I’ve had to tell a parent that there’s nothing more I can do for their son or daughter. This Centre brings us hope of finding an answer – and hopefully a cure.”

Research already underway includes innovative projects contributing to the discovery of new therapies, trials to improve physical functioning and neurological ability in patients, and genetic engineering technology to reprogram immune cells to target brain tumours.

Learn more about the CCABCR here.