The Guido Fluri Foundation is dedicated to brain tumour research and the promotion of transparency in medicine. On a case-by-case basis, the Foundation also supports those affected who are unable to fund the treatment themselves.
The website of the Interest Group Acoustic Neuroma (IGAN) receives over 250,000 visitors and over 5 million hits per year.
Over 200 operations for acoustic neuromas were performed by Professor Sepehrnia at the St. Anna Clinic in Lucerne from 2012 to 2017.
The Foundation regularly funds brain tumour operations for foreign children without health insurance.
The Interest Group Acoustic Neuroma (IGAN) unites people and institutions across countries who have a problem in common – the acoustic neuroma brain tumour – and who wish to join forces to tackle it from the perspective of “helping people to help themselves”. The project was launched in 2007 by Guido Fluri.
Choosing the right therapy for an individual remains a critical issue for those affected by acoustic neuroma. The platform provides support for this decision-making process through the provision of comprehensive information as well as the exchange of confidential messages via a moderated forum. The site has developed into the most important platform in the German-speaking world for those affected by acoustic neuroma.
The organisation also aims to improve understanding of acoustic neuroma among physicians and in medical and social institutions through a range of educational and outreach work. IGAN supports research into the diagnosis and treatment of acoustic neuroma brain tumours.
Good surgical results in microsurgical interventions require a wealth of case experience. In order to be able to offer Swiss sufferers of acoustic neuroma better treatment options in Switzerland, the Foundation lobbied for a centre of excellence for neurosurgery to be established in Switzerland. As part of these efforts, the Foundation campaigned to ensure that the renowned neurosurgeon Professor Abolghassem Sepehrnia, MD, be allowed to practise in Switzerland. His licence was eventually granted in 2012.