Researchers join UK brain tumour community in falling silent to remember lives lost

Many thousands of people who have lost their lives to brain tumours were remembered as a minute’s silence was observed on 1 March to mark the beginning of national Brain Tumour Awareness Month.

The tribute was led by the national charity Brain Tumour Research and saw scientists and researchers at its four Research Centres of Excellence, and people throughout the UK, pause to reflect on lives lost and to think of those battling the disease which kills more children and adults under the age of 40 than any other cancer, yet has received just 1% of the national spend on cancer research over the last decade. 

The Research Centre at the University of Plymouth fell silent when the charity’s research team, led by Dr Claudia Barros laid a wreath at the centre’s Wall of Hope, which provides a permanent tribute to loved ones. Floral tributes were kindly donated by Plymouth florist, Wendy Jordan.

Sue Farrington Smith MBE Chief Executive of Brain Tumour Research said: 

“Since Brain Tumour Research was launched in 2009, the Brain Tumour Community has been devastated by the loss of thousands of loved ones to a brain tumour. We want to remember them all and highlight the desperate need to improve outcomes for the 16,000 people who will be diagnosed this and every year, and increase the national spend on funding into brain tumour research.”

This tribute marks the start of Brain Tumour Awareness Month which culminates on Thursday 29 March with Wear A Hat Day. The charity would like people and organisations throughout the UK to join them on this day, hold an event and help fund the fight. 

Together we will find a cure.

To get involved, or donate, please visit: www.wearahatday.org or text HAT to 70660 to donate £5

Brain Tumour Research Centre of Excellence

Around 16,000 people a year in the UK are diagnosed with a brain tumour. We're working with Brain Tumour Research to improve research and treatment. Brain Tumour Research is an official charity partner of the University and we are one of four universities in the UK working with the charity to improve the treatment and outcomes of brain tumours. Plymouth’s Centre of Excellence specialises in low-grade brain tumours, which are usually benign, slow-growing but ultimately can become malignant. Our focus is to identify and understand the mechanism underlying the development of brain tumours, and explore ways to halt or reverse that mechanism. 

More information about the Brain Tumour Research Centre of Excellence