The Gilbertson Lab CRUK

Established in 2007, the Cancer Research UK Cambridge Institute was the first major new cancer research centre in the UK for over 50 years.

Our goal is to combine world-leading basic cancer biology with key technologies to bear on practical questions of cancer diagnosis, treatment and prevention.

The principal aim of the research at the Gilbertson Lab is to reduce the morbidity and mortality of patients with cancer through an improved understanding of tumour biology. With a particular focus on children’s brain tumours, we are working to understand the cellular and molecular origins of cancers and the pathways that drive them.

Image of brain with a glow around it on an irridescant blue/purple background

Can I Pick Your Brain?

Come and be a brain surgeon for the day with The Gilbertson Lab CRUK. Discover where brain tumours come from and how we get them out!

Children’s brain tumours are rare but deadly, learn where they come from and how the Gilbertson lab is changing the way we treat them.

We will teach the public about the areas of the brain where children’s brain tumours can arise and what treatment options there are. We will have play-doh brains with tumours that they can remove and have other media demonstrating what treatments we’re working towards in our lab.

Can I Pick Your Brain? Children’s brain tumours are rare but deadly, learn where they come from and how the Gilbertson lab is changing the way we treat them.