Research

A/ Prof Drummond and Dr Morokoff actively participate in brain tumour research. Research into the cause and treatments of brain tumours, especially the highly malignant tumours such as glioblastoma, is vitally important to advance our knowledge and eventually find a cure. Some of the research aims include looking for better targeted molecular therapies, understanding the genetic alterations in brain tumour cells, finding new 'markers' of brain tumour activity, investigating how brain tumours cause epilepsy and developing new ways to image brain tumours to improve diagnosis.

Note for patients with brain tumours

Many of these projects involve using part of the surgical biopsy specimen from your tumour for laboratory research. This means that some of the tumour that is removed is set aside for use in research but this part of the tumour is what would be removed anyway during the course of the neurosurgery operation, so there is no extra risk. This requires your consent, so one of the medical researchers or neurosurgery doctors will speak to you before the surgery and go through the research purpose statement to make sure you fully understand the details of the research and the implications for you, before asking you to sign the consent form. There is certainly no obligation to be involved but we very much appreciate the assistance of our patients who agree to assist with this important scientific research, which one day might make a difference in the lives of future patients with brain tumours.

How Can I Help?

If you would like to find out more about the research projects or donate to brain tumour research please see the Royal Melbourne Hospital Neuroscience Foundation website www.neuroscience.org.au or ask for a brochure at our reception desk.