Help us 'fund the fight'
It costs £2,740 per day to run our brain tumour research labs, or £1 million per year.
Led by Professor Oliver Hanemann, our team depends upon the philanthropic support of others to fund 'world-leading' research that brings us ever-closer to finding new treatments and cures for low-grade brain tumours.
We invite you to meet the team below. Your support could help us grow and retain the team behind the research, which has grown from three members to 20 since 2014.
The humans behind the research
Daniele Baiz is a Marie Cure Research Fellow working in Professor Hanemann’s lab. He is currently working on early diagnosis techniques to detect a brain tumour before symptoms even present.
“Plymouth is growing as a research centre for the South West. I decided to bring my knowledge and expertise to Plymouth because I believe that they will be useful to serve the fight against brain tumours,” he said.
“The most rewarding aspect for me is interacting with people involved in supporting brain tumour research. Our supporters play such a crucial role and their energy is a strong motivation for us scientists," Daniele Baiz.
Dr Claudia Barros
In bringing her tresearchto Plymouth University, Dr Claudia Barros was able to establish her own laboratory team to focus on neuroscience and brain tumour research.
“Our brain remains to date one of the most unknown subjects of research. Our curiosity and the will to contribute to the knowledge of how our brain functions in health and disease drives colleagues and me daily,” she said.
“Being part of a group of researchers sharing common goals is incredibly rewarding but moreover essential, which makes the continued support we receive integral to being successful. Thank you.”
Professor David Parkinson
Professor David Parkinson was drawn to Plymouth through the opportunity to work with other great scientists in an environment with the right equipment.
"One of the unique approaches we have in Plymouth is to study the human tumour cells directly. This means we can test new approaches and therapies quickly," he said.Professor Parkinson actively interacts with those affected by the disease, some of whom help to fundraise towards the research in the laboratories.
"It has been very humbling to meet individuals and families that have been directly affected. This really underlines the importance of the work we are doing. I greatly appreciate the hard work you are doing to raise money in the fight against brain tumours. We will do our very best to translate that into better treatments for the future". Professor David Parkinson.
Foram Dave: PhD student
Foram was looking for an opportunity to grow her research skills when she found the position in the Plymouth Centre of Excellence.
"I desperately wanted to be a part of this team and give my best to the research for human kind." she said
"The most rewarding aspect is being a part of the highly dedicated and talented research team, whose main aim is to improve the lives of people and their relatives.
"We are working very hard every day to improve the lives of people with a brain tumour. Research costs a lot of money and it would have not been possible without your kind support. Thank you very much for your all support to make this research possible." Foram Dave
After completing her PhD dissertation at Uppsala, Sweden, Sylwia came to our Centre of Excellence for her post-doctoral research.
"Research at Plymouth University is progressing and expanding. We have just finished phase 0 clinical trials on NF2 patients," she said.
"We have a very effective, supportive, and strong team here and we are collaborating with other centres both in the UK and abroad."
To those who support the research through fundraising and even simply through discussions with others, Sylwia wishes to say:
"A big thank you! Without you we would not get far with our research."
Fund a day and place a tile on the Wall of Hope
If you chose to help us in the 'last battle ground against cancer' then your efforts will be commemorated with a tile on our Wall of Hope when you raise £2,740.
We will invite you onto a lab tour to meet the team and see the work they do, followed by the presentation of your tile for you to place on the wall.
The Devon Junior and Minor Football League recently placed their tile.
We would love to see you at a lab tour to place your tile; so please tick the box on our donation page which allows us to contact you when you donate.