I work in the Sid Faithfull Brain Cancer Lab. I take ideas I’ve generated from my background as a neuroscientist and apply them to brain cancer research. My goal is to improve survival in the adult brain cancer, glioblastoma, where survival rates haven’t shifted in 30 years. There is a clear need for new ideas that challenge our thinking.
I am a discovery-based scientist by training, so I love finding out new things about the world. That was my first motivation. It’s fun. I now appreciate once you have generated new knowledge that it’s beholden on you to try to do some good with it, and that is what drives me now.
I aim to improve survival and quality of life for people with brain cancer.
I hope to address a largely misunderstood disease obstacle in adult brain cancer. Brain cancer cells can evade chemotherapy by entering hibernation. I aim to wake these cells up, at their most vulnerable point, to eradicate brain cancer.
To cure brain cancer we must try bold and innovative ideas. Without funding, many of these ideas will remain untested. Maybe someone will re-discover these ideas 10-20 years down the track, but how many lives could have been saved if we acted now?
With more funding and research time we can accelerate discovery. Time is critical in glioblastoma where most people sadly pass away within 15-months of diagnosis. It’s exciting and terribly sad all at once, but someone in our lifetime could be the ‘last’ person to pass away from this terrible illness. Let’s make that day sooner rather than later.
I predict that brain cancer researchers are going to start recognising that they can’t keep trying the same approaches, which work for other cancers. This is happening, slowly, but it will accelerate.
It’s tempting to try to be sophisticated and erudite here, but I’ll just say Tamler Sommers and David Pizarro, hosts of a very bad podcast series I enjoy.
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