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Local charity hands UCLan generous cash boost to fund pioneering brain tumour research

01 October 2014

Lyndsey Boardman

Inbetweenears presents researchers with £30,000 at public event

A local charity which specifically supports young adults with brain tumours has presented the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) with £30,000 to continue its pioneering research into brain tumour diagnosis and treatment.

Inbetweenears, which was set up by Jay Lynchenhaun following his brain tumour diagnosis in 2011, has worked closely with UCLan researchers over the last few years through Brain Tumour North West; a strategic alliance between UCLan, the Neurosurgical Unit and Neuropathology Department at the Royal Preston Hospital and other universities* and NHS institutions across the North West.

On Saturday 4 October UCLan opened its Brain Tumour Research Centre to the public to share some of the ground breaking research taking place and accept the generous donation, along with a commemorative plaque, from Jay and his mum Sharon Hacking.

"We are delighted to present the Brain Tumour Research Centre with this money. The work it is doing for brain cancer is dynamic and extremely important."

Jay commented: “We are delighted to present the Brain Tumour Research Centre with this money. The work it is doing for brain cancer is dynamic and extremely important.

“Brain cancer research only receives 0.7% of the government’s allocation for cancer research, so this is why we have to help raise additional funding. More people under the age of 40 die of brain cancer than any other cancer. Something must be done.”

UCLan has made the headlines over the last 12 months by discovering a new way to diagnose brain cancer which promises to cut diagnosis times from two to three days to just 30 minutes using blood tests. The research is based on using a non-invasive technique to diagnose brain cancer by analysing patients’ blood samples using a combination of infrared lighting and protein biomarkers. Another key area of development is the treatment of brain tumours using nanotechnology to target the tumour and avoid damage to healthy tissue.

“We have made great strides in developing new ways to diagnose and treat brain cancer and this funding boost will hopefully take us one step further towards the ultimate goal of finding a cure.”

Dr Lisa Shaw, lecturer in immunology in the School of Pharmacy and Biomedical Sciences, said: “This donation from Inbetweenears will enable us to continue our research into an area that has in the past been underfunded so we are very grateful to the charity for its continued support.

“We have made great strides in developing new ways to diagnose and treat brain cancer and this funding boost will hopefully take us one step further towards the ultimate goal of finding a cure.

“We’ve enjoyed welcoming the local community to the University to share the work we do as many didn’t know that such ground-breaking research is taking place right on their doorstep.”

For more information follow Inbetweenears on Twitter @inbetweenears or find the charity on Facebook. People can also contact UCLan’s Neuro Oncology Research Group by emailing uclancancerstudies@uclan.ac.uk

See more photos from the event.