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Peter McHugh awarded CRUK grant to investigate how cancer cells resist treatment

The 5-year programme award will support research on the DNA repair mechanisms that protect cancer cells from therapy, informing the development of future therapies.

Cancer therapies such as chemotherapy and radiotherapy aim to kill cancer cells by causing damage to their DNA. However, cancer cells often resist treatment because they have mechanisms in place that allow them to repair their DNA. Understanding how this DNA repair takes place is essential to develop more effective cancer treatments.

Regional Breast Cancer Academic Day marks NHS retirement for Professor Adrian Harris

This month the MRC Weatherall Institute of Molecular Medicine (WIMM) hosted the annual Regional Breast Cancer Academic Day, an event that brings together breast cancer teams from across the Thames Valley region. This year’s symposium involved the participation of over 70 attendees, including nurses, clinical trial managers, researchers and doctors.

Pedals Power Cancer Research

On 17 August, two heroes arrived at the CRUK/MRC Oxford Institute for Radiation Oncology by bike after a journey of 850 miles.

Sue Duncombe and Patrick McGuire arrived bearing £6000 of funding which they raised by cycling 850 miles from the CRUK Cambridge Research Institute to the Oxford Institute via the CRUK Manchester Institute.  On the way they called in at a staggering 98 CRUK high street shops.

For the last mile of their journey they were met by researchers and students from the Oxford Institute who rode with them as a guard of honour.

Worm study reveals role of stem cells in cancer

A new study carried out by the University of Oxford has used flat worms to look at the role of migrating stem cells in cancer.

Researchers from the Aboobaker lab in the Department of Zoology used the worms (planarians) which are known for their ability to regenerate their tissues and organs repeatedly. This process is enabled by their stem cells, which constantly divide to make new cells.

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