Bristol scientists receive £1m to study childhood cancer

5 December 2011

Cancer treatment for young patients has been given a boost as neuroscientists in Bristol have been awarded more than £1 million in a bid to further research developments.

According to latest reports, scientists at the University of Bristol will target their study at how the brain controls movement and consider whether this has any effect on childhood cancer causes, side effects and treatments.

Action Medical Research has awarded the grant to the university's School of Physiology and Pharmacology.

Dr Nadia Cerminara, a research fellow at the university, said: "This project is the first important step by seeing if it is possible to do this. If successful the next step will be to use the recording method in future operations to produce a 'brain map' for each patient."

She added that currently researchers have not found reasons why some children suffer side effects of certain treatments and that there is no known way to reduce these complications.

Cerebellar tumours, a cancer of the brain, are the most common childhood form of cancer in the UK.

Posted by Jeanette Throughton

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