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Tom Leather

Tom graduated from The University of Liverpool with a degree in Anatomy and Human Biology in 2015. He then went onto study a MRes in Biomedical Science and Translational Medicine where he started stared to work with MRI research.

Tom's NWCR PhD research involves identifying MRI imaging biomarkers so that we can detect molecular and genetic characteristics of glioma and glioblastoma early on during the diagnostic process, and without the need for surgery.

Gliomas, including glioblastoma, make up about 30% of all brain and central nervous system tumours, however they make up 80% of all malignant brain tumours. These tumours often have a dismal prognosis, in particular glioblastoma patients, whereby prognosis is usually no more than 2 years post-diagnosis. One key limiting factor in the diagnosis and treatments of these tumours is their location within the skull and brain. This sensitive location can make it very difficult to gather biopsies in order to fully asses the tumour type so that the most appropriate course of treatment can be determined.

Tom's project is aimed at gathering as much information from the first scans carried out on brain tumour patients, so that clinicians can determine the molecular and genetic makeup, as well as the grade of tumour, at the very early stages of diagnosis, so that the best treatment can be implemented as soon as possible.