Diffuse intrinsic pontine glioma (DIPG) is a childhood brain tumour that currently kills over 90 per cent of the children diagnosed with it, within 18 months of diagnosis. Scientists have found a genetic mutation in the tumour cells of some children with DIPG which may give us a way of tackling this disease. This vital project is giving us hope that we can find a new, life-saving treatment.
DIPG is currently incurable, and most children affected by it die in less than two years. But a breakthrough discovery by Professor Chris and his team has identified a gene that may be the key to a new way of treating it.