Since its formation in May 2014 the Mark Hughes Foundation has funded the following initiatives:
For brain cancer researchers, a major obstacle to biomarker driven research is limited access to brain cancer tissue for research purposes. The Mark Hughes Foundation Brain Biobank is one of the first post-mortem adult brain banks in Australia to operate with protocols specifically developed for brain cancer.
Recent advances in technology have shown that the traditional ways of classifying brain tumours were only telling part of the story. Researchers know that there is more powerful information hidden in the genes that reveals several distinct sub-types, each with different disease characteristics and importantly survival outcomes.
With the MHF funding commitment, the University of Newcastle will support a dedicated brain cancer team to drive critical research, education and health care improvements at a national scale for brain cancer patients, their families and carers, and health professionals. The team will be led by the inaugural Mark Hughes Foundation Chair in Brain Cancer, who will be recruited through a global search.