Australian DIPG Collaborative members, Cure Brain Cancer
Cure Starts Now (Australia) and the Isabella & Marcus
Foundation have presented a cheque for AUD$246,604 to Dr. Maria Tsoli at
the Children’s Cancer Institute
at the University of New South Wales on behalf of the twenty-seven global DIPG
This grant will provide a considerable boost for Dr. Tsoli’s ongoing work in researching new treatments for DIPG (diffuse intrinsic pontine glioma), a deadly form of brain cancer for which no effective treatment is available.
Fittingly, the grant was presented by Barrie Littlefield, of
Cure Brain Cancer Foundation, and Ren Pedersen, of The Cure Starts Now, both of
whom lost their daughters at a young age to brain cancer.
The grim statistics surrounding childhood brain cancer (and DIPG in particular) in Australia has acted as a driving force throughout Dr. Tsoli’s seven years at the Children’s Cancer Institute. In that time, Dr. Tsoli has worked alongside Associate Professor David Ziegler in developing new treatments strategies for DIPG.
This grant will allow Dr. Tsoli to investigate polyamine pathway metabolism as a novel therapeutic option for diffuse intrinsic pontine glioma. Positive results will provide the preclinical evidence
required to urgently translate these novel discoveries to clinical trial to
directly benefit children with DIPG and other aggressive brain tumours.
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