The Mark Hughes Foundation is immensely proud to be affiliated with the following organisations in the common goal of Brain Cancer Research:


The University of Newcastle (UON)

UoN logoThe Mark Hughes Foundation’s mission is to raise much needed funds for research, to create awareness and support brain cancer patients and their families. We are excited to now have the University of Newcastle joining our team, with a focus on building a sustainable and enduring approach to brain cancer research, education and clinical application.

Through our partnership with the University of Newcastle, The Mark Hughes Foundation Chair in Brain Cancer will be established. This significant leadership position at the University of Newcastle will drive a program of research and education to improve the lives of people affected by brain cancer, and better understand its causes and treatment.  

The Chair will be supported by a research team who will drive nationally recognised programs in research and education and foster a “bench to bedside” transfer of research to practice to achieve health care improvements for brain cancer patients, their families and carers, and health professionals.  The focus of the Team will span prevention, early detection, recovery and rehabilitation, and treatments and models of care for all stages of brain cancer and across all ages, with a primary focus on adult brain cancer.

The University of Newcastle now joins us in the urgent pursuit of a cure.

Visit the University of Newcastle website

Hunter Medical Research Insitute (HMRI)

HMRIOne of the Mark Hughes Foundation's main objectives was to create a strong emphasis on brain cancer research.

We are proud to say that we have achieved this objective by partnering with Hunter Medical Research Institute (HMRI), a translational research institute pioneering clinical and biomedical research striving to prevent, cure and treat a diverse range of serious illnesses.

Collaboration between HMRI and the Mark Hughes Foundation means donations to research will go straight towards brain cancer research at HMRI. Currently little research is focused specifically on brain cancer at HMRI however through your donations and support for the Mark Hughes Foundation, Brain Cancer research can be a major research focus.

We are excited to have created a dedicated funding stream for Brain Cancer research and hope that one day this will lead us to a cure.

Visit the Hunter Medical Research Institute website

Brain Cancer Mission

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On 29 October 2017, the Minister for Health, the Hon Greg Hunt, announced the Australian Brain Cancer Mission (the Mission).

The Mission has the goal of doubling survival rates and improving the quality of life of people living with brain cancer over the next decade to 2027, with the longer term aim of defeating brain cancer.

The total investment of $136.66 million in the Mission has been achieved through an initial $50 million from the Australian Government’s Medical Research Future Fund. Subsequently, the Australian Government has committed an additional $10.26 million in MRFF funding to the Mission and brain cancer research.

Mark Hughes Foundation is proud to commit $3.5 million over three years.  

Implementation of the Australian Brain Cancer Mission will be coordinated and managed by Cancer Australia on behalf of the Australian Government.

Visit the Brain Cancer Mission website

The Brain Cancer Group (TBCG)

TBCG is a charitable organization that aims to improve the management of brain tumours through targeted research, education and ongoing support for patients and their families.

The Mark Hughes Foundation is proud to be affiliated with TBCG and will donate funds to support important research into Brain Tumours carried out at the TBCG facility.

Professor Wheeler is Marks Medical Oncologist specialist who is involved in his brain cancer management. The Hughes family are very grateful for her expertise, as she is one of Australia’s leading Brain Tumour Specialists. Professor Wheeler said she is “very excited and TBCG is proud to support the Mark Hughes Foundation”. 

Visit The Brain Cancer Group website