Touching Lives - October 2010
Talented doctor commits to search for brain tumour treatment for children
Action Medical Research has awarded a prestigious grant to a doctor who wants to find better treatments for children with brain tumours. Dr Chris Howell has received a Research Training Fellowship for a three-year study to find what causes the malignant cancer in children under three – the most vulnerable age group.
“This is a fantastic opportunity to carry out a substantial piece of work, answering important questions about how brain tumours develop in children,” he said. Dr Howell is looking for the genetic origins of medulloblastoma, the most common malignant brain tumour in children, which affects around one in 10 of the children who die from cancer in the UK. The condition requires aggressive surgery, but 60 per cent of children under three don’t survive their brain tumour and most of those who do face lifelong problems.
“I have everything I need to carry out a comprehensive study of the biology of infant medulloblastoma and I am determined to ensure that this project is a success.”