The 7th UK & Ireland Early Career Blood-Brain Barrier Symposium

The forthcoming Blood-Brain Barier Symposium 2017 will be hosted by Professor Geoff Pilkington, Brain Tumour Research Centre, University of Portsmouth on Friday, the 1st of September 2017.

Job Vacancy – Senior Research Associate

We are currently looking for a Senior Research Associate to join our team at the Brain Tumour Research Centre, School of Pharmacy & Biomedical Sciences, Faculty of Science, University of Portsmouth.

This is a new post based within the Brain Tumour Research Centre. The Centre is currently composed of postdoctoral researchers, PhD students and technical staff along with research internship and project students. The Centre is core funded by the charity, Brain Tumour Research and this new post is supported by the Jake McCarthy Foundation.

You will join a small team within the Centre led by the Head of the Centre who has vast experience in brain tumour invasion studies and with two existing Research Fellows who have experience in 3D human modelling and drug treatment of the most frequent and malignant adult brain tumour, GBM, respectively.

You will hold a PhD in an appropriate discipline and show evidence of the ability to produce high quality publishable data in the field of oncology. You will be responsible for intellectual molecular/genetic input to the project and will learn/undertake a wide range of techniques from within the Centre’s very well-equipped histology, cellular, molecular, and metabolic laboratories and microscope imaging suite. The project also builds upon an, already established, research collaboration with the University of Cardiff where two joint PhD students are currently working on related projects.

Through the research programme we hope to establish new in vitro models for pre-clinical testing which will enable us to fast track re-purposed and re-formulated agents into clinical trials for GBM, as well as provide a more accurate means to establish drug sensitivity in GBM to both nuclear and mitochondrial targeted therapies. The post is supported for 3 years in the first instance.

For further information please contact Professor Geoff Pilkington:


For detailed information about the vacancy, please select this link: ZZ004121 – Senior Research Associate.docx

To apply, please visit the University website:

Employment type: Fixed term (3 years)

Employment basis:  Full time

Salary:  £29,301 – £32,958           

Post number: ZZ004121

Date published: 17 July 2017 

Closing date:  11 August 2017

Interview date:  25 August 2017

Patient and Family Weekend 2017

Professor Geoff Pilkington addressed over 180 people at Brain Tumour Support’s Patient and Family Weekend on the 19th of March with a talk titled: .”What’s Going on in Laboratory Research and Who will it Affect?”.  The audience included patients, loved ones and carers, leading figures in neuro-surgery and research, clinical nurse specialists and other health care professionals, as well as medical and support services.

Brain Tumour Awareness Month

To mark the start of Brain Tumour Awareness Month, a minute silence was observed at the Centre today, to remember those who have lost their lives to a brain tumour. Professor Geoff Pilkington placed a wreath at the Wall of Hope after the following poem was read by Dr. Helen Fillmore:

“We thought of you with love today, but that is nothing new.

We thought about you yesterday, and days before that too.

You are forever in our hearts.”

Brain Tumour Awareness Month will culminate in Wear A Hat Day on the 31st of March 2017.  For more information on Wear A Hat Day, please visit