Brain cancer is the leading cause of death from disease in children. Professor Brandon Wainwright is a champion in the fight against a type of brain tumour – medulloblastoma – that occurs predominantly in children. Professor Wainwright’s laboratory has identified the core genetic components that lead to the development of medulloblastoma, knowledge that he hopes to harness to develop more effective treatment options. Professor Wainwright is also one of the Directors of Australia’s first research centre aimed solely at tackling brain cancer in young people – the Centre for Child and Adolescent Brain Cancer Research, a collaboration between UQ’s IMB, Queensland Brain Institute, Diamantina Institute, QUT’s IHBI and QIMR Berghofer Medical Research Institute, supported by the Children’s Hospital Foundation.

Dr Tim Hassall has championed the role of clinical trials in the management of paediatric oncology patients for the past 15 years in his role as a paediatric oncologist at the Queensland Children’s Hospital. He also promotes the need for the collection of biological samples in influencing a patient’s treatment and as a method of advancing basic scientific knowledge. Dr Hassall is the Clinical Leader of the Centre for Child and Adolescent Brain Cancer Research Centre, and provides a valuable connection between researchers and patients.

Session Overview:

  • Presentation from Professor Wainwright & Dr Hassall
  • Tour of Wainwright Group’s laboratory
  • Meet with Professor Wainwright & Dr Hassall over light morning tea


The Centre for Child and Adolescent Brain Cancer Research (CCABCR) is in partnership with the following organizations:





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