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Jana Bennett

Jana Bennett 1955-2022

I am grateful every day for the amazing people who helped me look forward and who introduced me to OurBrainBank.

I am savoring every single extra drop of time as we find a wider range of treatments with better outcomes for all.

— Jana Bennett, April 2020 

OurBrainBank mourns the death of Jana Bennett OBE, Trustee

The Board of OurBrainBank is deeply saddened by the death of our friend, colleague, and trustee, Jana Bennett OBE. She died of glioblastoma at her home near Oxford on January 11th, 2022. Jana was one of the most distinguished broadcast executives of her generation and was a board member of the Pew Research Center and the British Library.

Jana was a key board member who used her skills and connections to raise awareness and funding for glioblastoma. She lent her compelling voice to the UK launch of our pilot study and to our GBM Bill of Rights video. With her husband Richard, she planned a gala benefit concert in Oxford — Arts in Mind — that, due to the pandemic, became a virtual event that lives on in video form. 

Ed Pilkington, Global Chair of OurBrainBank said:

“Jana was a much-admired and much-loved member of the OurBrainBank family and a hugely important person in establishing the global presence of OurBrainBank as a trustee of the UK Board since 2019. She and her husband Richard Clemmow (who remains on the board of OurBrainBank) have made significant contributions to our work which aims to revolutionize patient power and care and turn this aggressive disease from terminal to treatable.”

Jake Arnold-Forster, UK Chair of OurBrainBank said:

“Over the three years we had the privilege of knowing Jana and working with her, we could only marvel at her energy, insight and commitment to our cause. Our hearts go out to Richard and her family, and we will continue her tireless fight to transform and extend the lives of patients diagnosed with glioblastoma.”

Read more about living with GBM in Jana’s own words and her extraordinary life.

Obituaries in the Guardian and the New York Times

To donate to OurBrainBank in Jana’s memory:  

US: please visit Ourbrainbank.org/give  

UK: please visit UK PayPal, JustGiving or mail a cheque to: OurBrainBank UK 12 Beverley Road London W4 2LP