ITSMed Brain Tumour Research Symposium 2020
  • Plymouth Postgraduate Medical Centre, Derriford Hospital, Plymouth PL6 8DH

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The South West Brain Tumour centre is one of four UK Centres of Excellence funded by the charity Brain Tumour Research. This first symposium of the South West Brain Tumour Centre is to celebrate some of our achievements and stimulate discussion with clinicians on the ground. We will cover topics such as the mechanism of tumour development, new drug targets, new biomarkers and brain tumour imaging.


09:30 - 10:00 | Arrival and refreshments

10:00 - 10:10 | Keynote opening by Professor Oliver Hanemann

10:10 - 10:35 |  Keynote:  'Glioma imaging post-treatment' by Dr Harpreet Hyare, University College London Hospitals NHS Trust and University College London

10:35 - 11:00 | Keynote:  'Clinical trials for brain tumours: diets, biomarkers and radiotherapy' by Mr Michael Jenkinson, The Walton Centre NHS Trust and University of Liverpool

11:00 - 11:15 |  'Decoding Brain Tumour Initiation Mechanisms' by Dr Claudia Barros, Lecturer in Neuroscience

11:15 - 11:30 |  'microRNA; Their role and their potential use as biomarkers in meningioma' by Caterina Negroni, PhD student

11:30 - 11:50 | Break 

11:50 - 12:05 | 'How can we detect meningioma progression?' by Agbolahan Sofela, Academic Clinical Fellow in Neurosurgery at University Hospitals Plymouth NHS Trust

12:05 - 12:25 | 'Targeting Hippo signalling pathway and immune cells in schwannoma and meningioma' by Professor David Parkinson, Professor of Neuroscience

12:25 - 12:40 | 'Finding new therapeutic targets and fast tracking them via early phase clinical trials' by Dr Sylwia Ammoun, Senior Research Fellow 

12:40 - 13:30 | Lunch, poster viewing and networking


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Our guest speakers

Dr Harpreet Hyare, University College London Hospitals NHS Trust and University College London

Dr Harpreet Hyare is a Consultant Neuroradiologist at UCLH NHS Trust and also holds an academic position as a Senior Clinical Researcher in the Department of Neurodegenerative Diseases, UCL Institute of Neurology. 

After completing the Pan-London Rotation in Neuroradiology, she was a visiting Neuroradiology Fellow at University College Los Angeles (UCLA) where she gained experience in state of the art stroke imaging and intervention. 

She has recently completed a PhD at UCL and her interest is in translating quantitative MRI from the research setting into clinical practice, particularly in monitoring disease progression and effects of therapeutic intervention.

Mr Michael Jenkinson, The Walton Centre NHS Trust and University of Liverpool

Michael Jenkinson was appointed as a Consultant Neurosurgeon at The Walton Centre in March 2010. He is a Reader in Neurosurgery at The University of Liverpool.

He sub-specialises in neurosurgical oncology for intrinsic brain tumours including awake craniotomy and intra-operative brain mapping for low grade glioma, midline and endoscopic approaches to intraventricular and deep intrinsic tumours and stereotactic radiosurgery.

His research interests include meningioma management (incidental tumours, seizures and quality of life), imaging and biology of brain metastases and interventional clinical trials in neurosurgery and neuro-oncology.

He chairs the NCRI brain tumour clinical studies group and the Academic Committee of the Society of British Neurological Surgeons. He is a founding member of the British-Irish Meningioma Society (BIMS).


Brain Tumour Research Centre of Excellence

The University of Plymouth is a Brain Tumour Research Centre of Excellence, currently one of only four in the UK. The world-leading research in Professor Hanemann’s laboratories seeks to discover new treatments and a cure for low-grade brain tumours, for the benefit of patients and their families.

Find out more about our world-leading brain tumour research.


Brain Tumour Research is an official charity partner of the University of Plymouth. We're one of only four universities in the UK working with the charity to improve the treatment and outcomes of brain tumours. 

  • Brain tumours continue to kill more children and adults under 40 than any other cancer
  • There are over 120 different types of brain tumour
  • It is estimated that around 16,000 people a year in the UK are diagnosed with a brain tumour
  • Less than 20 per cent of brain tumour patients survive beyond 5 years of their diagnosis
  • 10 people a day die of a brain tumour.
Statistics provided by Brain Tumour Research.

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