Brain Tumour / Cancer

Brain tumours affect people of all ages. There are almost 1,400 new cases of malignant brain tumours in Australia each year and many more benign brain tumours that can be just as deadly if the tumour is in a vital area of the brain. More than 1,200 people die each year from malignant and benign brain tumours.Brain cancer is also one of the few cancers which occur in children, with 115 new cases a year among children.These following links have been prepared to help you understand more about brain cancer and brain tumour.

Donate to brain cancer at Brainstorm BrainstormRPA-Landscape
Brainstorm: Brain cancer research facility at RPA
(Royal Prince Alfred Hospital Sydney)


For further information and support

The Sydney Neuro-Oncology Group  SNOG
The Sydney Neuro-Oncology Group is a charitable organisation that aims to improve the management of brain tumours through targetted research, information sharing and constant scrutiny of treatment options.

SNOG has set up a number of support groups around Sydney for those who have been afflicted and information about the groups and the other services available can be found on their web site:

or call:  (02) 8425 3369

The Cancer Council NSW
PO Box 572, Kings Cross NSW 1340
Ph (02)9334 1900
Click here for a free DVD “Understanding Brain Cancer”
available from Cancer Council NSW

The Cancer Council Victoria
(with links to Cancer Councils in all states)
1 Rathdowne Street, Carlton VIC 3053
Ph (03) 9635 5000
Fax (03) 9635 5270

Brain Tumour Alliance Australia (ACT)
PO Box 76, Dickson ACT 2602
Ph 1800 857 221

Brain Cancer Support Group
North Shore Hospital
Ph (02) 9926 8724 or (02) 9926 8753

Lifeforce (Cancer Support Foundation)
163 Edgecliff Rd, Woollahra NSW 2025
Ph (02) 9389 3834

James Crofts Hope Foundation (WA)
PO Box 112, Innaloo WA 6918
Ph 0428 247 319 (Secretary)

Source: “Statistics on Incidence, Survival Rates and Mortality Associated with Brain Tumours in Australia”, Information Paper for the Australian Brain Tumour Advocacy Group, Denise Chang, June 2003

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More about funding process

By June 23,2015

The Brain Foundation invites applications nationally for research gifts to support research projects in clinical neurosciences.

The primary objective of the Brain Foundation Research Gifts is to support individual researchers and research teams to conduct the highest quality research into brain illnesses and neurological disorders as well as brain and spinal injuries.

A subsidiary objective is to provide opportunities for early career researchers, subject to merit,  to gain initiating funding for projects with potential.  This also provides an important first opportunity as a Chief Investigator; a very necessary step.

Each year, around May, we advertise that our Research Grant Program is ‘open’ for all applicants.  Applicants must adhere to our application guidelines, and need to complete a comprehensive application form along with their proposal.  Read more about Application Guidelines on our research page.

We receive applications from specialists in research institutions all around Australia over a period of a few weeks.  Applications are received from neurologists, neurosurgeons, neuro-scientists, and other researchers.

Applicants submit their applications within one of the following categories:

  1. Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s & Other Neuro Degenerative Diseases
  2. Dystonia
  3. Cerebral Disease
  4. Brain Tumours
  5. Epilepsy
  6. Neuromuscular Disease
  7. Paediatric Neurology
  8. Neuro-trauma
  9. Headache & Migraine
  10. Neural infections
  11. Other


Once we close the application period (usually in late August) all applications are reviewed and scored by our Scientific Committee (see below for details), made up of eminent Neurologists, and headed by Professor David Bourke, AO.  Unfortunately, every year we receive many more outstanding applications than we can fund.

We announce the winners usually in September, and have an annual Cocktail Party and Award Ceremony in October at Sydney University, where each winner gives a short presentation of their proposed research.  See Where Does your Money Go for details of all previous grants, plus YouTube clips of presentations.

We generally aim to award at least one grant in each category, and usually fund research in institutions (universities, hospitals, and other research establishments) across all states and territories.

Grants are usually of the order of $40,000, and we expect to receive progress reports and final reports after one year. Occasionally we will fund grants up to $80,000 or higher.

In 2015, for the very first time we have awarded a major research gift of $300,000, over a three year period, to go to research that exhibits great potential for improved patent outcomes. We congratulate Dr Neil Spratt based in Newcastle who was awarded the significant grant, which was formally announced at the Annual Neurology Conference in Auckland in May 2015. His research title is “A new understanding of increased pressure within the skull in brain diseases”.

We publish research reports in our bi-annual newsletter BrainWaves.

We believe that funding competitive research that is independent of any state or institution results in the best projects coming to fruition.

Scientific Committee:


We thank all on the Scientific Committee for their continual support and hard work.

These grants have been made possible through the generosity of our donors, corporate sponsors and through legacy of generous people who leave the Brain Foundation bequests to fund further research into brain diseases, disorders and brain and spinal cord injuries.


Tamworth Fair

Tamworth Christmas Fair 2015

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Make a note in your diary now for the Tamworth Christmas Fair. Sunday 22 November

Parkinson’s/Dystonia Conference – May 2015

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The next Parkinson's Australia Conference in May 2015 will also feature sessions on Dystonia. Speakers