Cambridge to be part of a new Cancer Research UK network

Published: 27th January, 2022

The Cancer Research UK Cambridge Centre will receive around £22.5 million over the next five years for their ground-breaking work, as part of the development of a unique chain of cutting-edge research hubs around the UK. CRUK will invest £100 million in seven centres across the UK, drawing together the best research and medical expertise to accelerate advances and transform the outlook for cancer patients.

Meet the ACED PhD students in Cambridge tackling the challenges of early detection

Published: 26th January, 2022

The International Alliance for Cancer Early Detection (ACED) attracts the brightest early career researchers in the field of early detection research, with a unique PhD programme where students are co-supervised between different centres.

Two of the ACED PhD students, currently based in Cambridge, explain why it’s an inspiring time to be working in early detection research.

Harveer Dev receives Prostate Cancer Foundation Young Investigator Award

Published: 14th December, 2021

Congratulations to Dr Harveer Dev, Clinical Lecturer in the CRUK Cambridge Centre Early Detection Programme, who has today (14th December) been announced as one of the Prostate Cancer Foundation (PCF) Class of 2021 Young Investigator Award recipients.

Serena Nik-Zainal awarded an NIHR Research Professorship

Published: 18th November, 2021

Congratulations to Serena Nik-Zainal who has been awarded a professorship by the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR). The Research Professorship awards aim to fund and support the research leaders of the future across topics which strengthen and benefit health, public health and care research leadership at the highest academic levels.

Cambridge scientists shine light on mutational dark matter

Published: 04th November, 2021

Cancer-associated mutations are known to expand in healthy human tissues as we age. These mutations, known as "driver" mutations, are often the first step towards the development of cancer. In a paper published today (4th November 2021) in Nature Genetics, Cambridge scientists reveal a way of measuring how many potentially cancer-causing mutations remain to be discovered across the human genome.

Professor Serena Nik-Zainal wins 2021 Foulkes Foundation Academy of Medical Sciences Medal

Published: 03rd November, 2021

Professor Serena Nik-Zainal has won the 2021 Foulkes Foundation Academy of Medical Sciences Medal for her ground-breaking research to identify the ‘fingerprints’ of cancer tumours in the pattern of mutations they contain.

Dr Garth Funston wins RCGP Research Paper of the Year award

Published: 14th October, 2021

Dr Garth Funston and colleagues have won the 2020 Research Paper of the Year for Clinical Research, awarded by the Royal College of General Practitioners, for their paper on detecting cancers in primary care.

The research shows that CA125, a simple blood test available in primary care, is useful for ovarian cancer detection in symptomatic women attending their GP and could help identify other types of cancer.

The study is the first to evaluate CA125 within primary care and has important implications for GPs and clinicians.

Professor Rebecca Fitzgerald receives the Don Listwin Award

Published: 07th October, 2021

Professor Rebecca Fitzgerald, FMedSci, has received the Don Listwin Award for Outstanding Contribution to Cancer Early Detection.

Fitzgerald is a Clinician Scientist internationally recognised for her exceptional research into the prevention and detection of oesophageal cancers, in particular her work to develop the Cytosponge - a simple but ingenious way to test for Barrett’s oesophagus - a condition that can be a precursor to oesophageal cancer.

Rebecca is currently the Interim Director of the MRC Cancer Unit, Professor of Cancer Prevention, and Co-Lead of the CRUK Cambridge Early Detection Programme. The award, presented at the Early Detection of Cancer Conference, honours the work she has done to develop, establish and grow the research needed to detect cancer early.

Call for abstracts for oral presentations and posters

Published: 04th October, 2021

The CRUK Cambridge Centre Early Detection seventh annual symposium will take place on Monday 24th January 2022. We invite PhD students, postdocs, junior group leaders and other researchers involved in all aspects of early detection of cancer research to submit abstracts to be considered for an oral and/or a poster presentation at the event. The short talks arising from these abstracts are always a highlight of our Symposium Programme and in 2022 we plan to include more of these talks – please do get involved.

Dr Garth Funston wins inaugural World Ovarian Cancer Coalition Impact Award

Published: 24th September, 2021

Dr Garth Funston, Clinical Research Associate at the Cambridge Primary Care Cancer Group and CanTest, will receive the inaugural Transformational Research Award from the World Ovarian Cancer Coalition for his work on detecting ovarian cancer in primary care.

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