About Us « Charlie Teo Foundation

Everything we do is underpinned by our values:

  • Hope

  • Community

  • Openness

We bring hope to people affected by brain cancer. Hope of a better future - that we will find treatments to extend lives and eventually find a cure for brain cancer.

We are inspired by Charlie’s incredible community and work hard to bring people and organisations together in the fight against brain cancer.

We truly believe in openness. You’ll see the steps along our journey to making a real difference to patients and families. We know we won’t always get it right, and we will make mistakes. But our commitment to openness ensures we will be transparent about our successes and failures.  


Prof Charlie Teo officially launched the Charlie Teo Foundation in March 2018.

Charlie Teo Foundation is different, it’s game-changing and it’s pure Charlie. Founded by a rebel with a cause, Charlie Teo Foundation is all about disruptive thinking, about funding brilliant, original minds who are not afraid to push boundaries and think well outside the box.

Charlie Teo Foundation is dedicated to funding brain cancer research with a low-cost model that’s redefining how charities operate.  


Professor Charlie Teo AM Charlie Teo is not your typical neurosurgeon. In demand across all continents for his willingness to offer surgery to those who have been given no hope, he has appointments in Australia, the USA, India, Vietnam and Singapore.

As passionate about teaching as performing surgery, Charlie has been awarded Best Teacher awards in both the USA and Australia and devotes 3 months of his time every year instructing and doing live surgery in developing countries.

He has also established a fellowship program that attracts over 600 applicants every year and has trained and mentored neurosurgeons from many of the world’s leading universities such as Johns Hopkins, Stanford, Duke and Harvard Universities.

Prof. Teo strongly believes that a surgeon’s responsibility to his patients shouldn’t end after surgery. In keeping with his desire to find cures for recurrent brain tumours he has raised over $20 million for research. He has done this through the Cure for Life Foundation, the Cure Brain Cancer Foundation and currently the Charlie Teo Foundation.

His efforts were recognised in 2011 when he was appointed a Member of the Order of Australia, in 2012 when he was invited to give the Australia Day Address to the Nation, and then in 2013 when he was the first non-politician Australian to address the US Congress on the need for more funding for brain cancer research.

Charlie is a father to four beautiful daughters and supports the rights of girls and young women in impoverished countries such as Cambodia and India through various charities including his own Teo Family Foundation.


Scientific Advisory Committee

SAC is led by Dr Charlie Teo. It advises the Board on selection of projects and scientists to be funded by the Charlie Teo Foundation.