Petitions Committee evidence session on brain tumour & childhood cancer research – 27 May ’21

MPs on the Petitions Committee will be taking evidence on the issue of Brain tumour and childhood cancer research. The session will allow the Committee to consider changes in the brain tumour research environment since the previous Petitions Committee last took evidence on the topic in 2019. The session will also explore key barriers to progress for childhood brain tumours and other childhood cancers with the worst survival outcomes, such as DIPG. This session has been prompted by a petition calling on the Government to fund research for childhood cancers with the worst survival rates, which received over 109,000 signatures before closing in September 2020. Read the petition: Witnesses The Committee will be hearing from: Panel 1, 2.30 – 2.50pm – Peter Realf, brain tumour awareness campaigner – Fiona Govan, petition creator Panel 2, 2.50 – 3.50pm – Sue Farrington Smith, Chief Executive, Brain Tumour Research – Ian Walker, Executive Director of Policy, Information and Communications, Cancer Research UK – Professor Richard Gilbertson, Chair, Tessa Jowell Brain Tumour Mission; Director, CRUK Cambridge Centre, and Li Ka Shing Chair and Head of Department of Oncology, University of Cambridge – Professor Chris Jones, Professor of Childhood Brain Tumour Biology, and Glioma Team Leader, Institute of Cancer Research Panel 3, 3.50 – 4.30pm – Lord Bethell of Romford, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State (Minister for Innovation), DHSC – Mike Batley, Deputy Director of Research Programmes, DHSC – Helen Campbell, Portfolio Manager, DHSC Find out more about the work of the Petitions Committee: Find out more about select committees: