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History

Founded in 2001 by renowned neurosurgeon Prof Charlie Teo, Cure Brain Cancer Foundation has come a long way; learn more below. 

 

History (2001 - 2012)

  • 2001 - Cure Brain Cancer was founded as Cure For Life Foundation by world-renowned neurosurgeon Prof Charlie Teo, with the Crane as its symbol - find out more about the Crane here.  Today the team has grown to 18 and Cure Brain Cancer has extended its reach across Australia and connected with partners around the world.
  • 2003 - First major fundraising event held; the Gala Ball. 
  • 2004 - First research grant delivered to Dr (now Professor) David Walker of Queensland Institute of Medical Research (QIMR) to develop a new model for malignant brain tumours; a breakthrough for translational research. Also, first office opened in Kensington and first employee begins at the Foundation.
  • 2005 - Funding commences for Children’s Cancer Institute of Australia (CCIA) and UNSW investigating mechanisms of initiation and prevention of brain tumours and also Sydney Children’s Hospital Paediatric Rehabilitation Program, offering dedicated care for children with brain tumours post hospital discharge.
  • 2006 - Organisation changes from being a Trust to a Foundation. Foundation undertakes Peru Charity Challenge as fundraiser. 
  • 2007 - First genetics oriented project funded, asking “can we find genes that predict which GBM patient will become a long-term survivor?” – A/Prof Kerrie McDonald, Kolling Institute of Medical Research. Foundation moves to larger offices in Alexandria and takes on second employee. 
  • 2008 - ‘Walk4Life’ fundraising campaign launched. 
  • 2009 - Foundation commences funding of Chair of Neuro-oncology at Lowy Cancer Research Centre, UNSW. 
  • 2010 - Volvo Car Australia comes on board as major sponsor, donating a contribution from the sale of every car. Foundation extends nationally, setting up charity registrations in all states.
  • 2011 - Foundation commences funding of Visiting Fellowship Programme at Lowy Cancer Research Centre, UNSW, bringing international experts in the field to work with Australian teams. Dr Charlie Teo, Cure Brain Cancer’s founder, becomes Member of the Order of Australia in the Australia Day Honours list.
  • 2012 - Gala Bala raises over $1,000,000 for the first time. 
     

Recent History (2012-2014)

2012 saw an escalation in activity at the Foundation.
 
2012

  • December - Foundation's board mandates new strategic direction, to develop an international consortium, a comprehensive research strategy and a national team to ultimately raise and manage $20,000,000 per annum for sustainable funding of Australian researchers and clinical trials

2013

  • March -  the  Brain Cancer Discovery Collaborative (BCDC), launched with a $1,000,000 of funds from Cure Brain Cancer. The BCDC is a centre of excellence in brain cancer research in Australia, facilitating collective research projects and sharing data.
  • March -  Cure Brain Cancer also co-established the Global Brain Exchange (GBX), by hosting a think-tank to identify sustainable ways to support Australian researchers and develop global collaboration, connecting multiple, like-minded stakeholders around the globe to share knowledge and resources and to develop a model for a global brain cancer research collaborative.
  • April - Cure Brain Cancer signed an international agreement wit the US-based Brain Mapping Foundation and Society for Brain Mapping and Therapeutics (SBMT) aimed at breaking new grounds and introducing games changing therapies for brain cancer.
  • May - Charlie Teo became the first Australian (not a politician)  to address the US Congress when he spoke at the Congressional Neuroscience Caucus brief on Brain Mapping as part of US President Barack Obama’s vision to explore and map the human brain.
  • August - following on from the March think tank, Cure Brain Cancer was invited to participate in a global brain cancer meeting held in Phoenix Arizona attending by leading scientists and thinkers from across the globe.
  • November - our  Walk4Life event, which has been running succesfully for six years, went national for the first time and Australians all over the country got to their feet for brain cancer research.
  • November - Cure Brain Cancer attended a special meeting in China to develop Asia Pacific alliances.

2014

  • February -  We reached a major milestone in our history as we rebranded to become Cure Brain Cancer Foundation; a name more clearly aligned to our mission.
  • October - We committed an additional $2.2 million to nine new brain cancer research projects following our 2014 grant round application process. 

2015

  • September - Together with our partners, we announced funding for Zero Childhood Cancer, a personalised medicine and clinical trial program for children.
  • September - Together with Olivia Newton-John, we announced funding for a clinical trial of the immunotherapy drug Duvarlumab in GBM, which will see Australian researchers joining forces with global counterparts.  
  • November -  GBM AGILE was announced to the world, a revolutionary, global adaptive clinical trial brought about by the biggest collaboration in the history of brain cancer research, in which Cure Brain Cancer has played a key role.
  • December -  The VERTU clinical trial is announced, evaluating a drug called veliparib (a PARP inhibitor), which could enable standard chemotherapy and radiotherapy to more effectively kill cancer cells in all GBM patients.