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Scientists discover how to better map brain tumours

Scientists have discovered a protein that helps map the edge of brain tumours more clearly so they show up on magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scans, according to new research presented at the National Cancer Research Institute (NCRI) Cancer Conference in Liverpool.

The laboratory research, carried out in rats, could lead to clinical trials aimed at improving the accuracy of brain tumour treatment.

WEE-ding out cancer

It is well known that mutations drive cancer cell growth and resistance to treatment.  However, these mutations can also become a weak point, or Achilles’ heel, for a tumour. Now, scientists at the University of Oxford have found a new way to kill cancer cells with mutations in a key cancer gene called SETD2.

Getting Muddy for Cancer Research!

On 5 September Professor Nicola Sibson and Dr Ester Hammond from the Department of Oncology, donned their running gear and took part in the Cancer Research UK Race for Life Pretty Muddy® event in Windsor.

The pair, who are both group leaders in the CRUK/MRC Oxford Institute for Radiation Oncology, raised over £1000 for Cancer Research UK by running the 5K muddy obstacle course at Olympic venue Dorney Lake. The course included cargo nets, jumps, walls, slides and crawls with the added challenge of being covered in mud.

Oxford to Pioneer Precision Cancer Medicine as a New Cancer Research UK Major Centre

The Cancer Research UK Oxford Centre has been awarded Major Centre status by Cancer Research UK. The award was made in recognition of the world-leading science taking place in Oxford, the innovative collaborations by Centre members, and the power of the cancer research network that has already been established. As a result of the award, the Centre will receive an extra £5 million in funding over the next 2 years.

 

Ester Hammond Receives 2015 Michael Fry Research Award

Ester Hammond is the recipient of the 2015 Michael Fry Research Award from the Radiation Research Society.

Ester is a CRUK Group Leader and Associate Professor in the CRUK/MRC Oxford Institute for Radiation Oncology. Her research is focused on investigating how tumours survive in conditions which include low oxygen (hypoxia), with the aim of targeting the hypoxic parts of tumours to improve cancer therapy.

Prestigious Royal College of Radiologists 2014 Gold Medal Awarded to Professor Gillies McKenna

Professor Gillies McKenna has been awarded the 2014 Gold Medal from The Royal College of Radiologists.  The medal is the highest honour the College has to bestow, and was awarded to Gillies for his ‘enormous national and international contribution to clinical oncology research and training.’

MErCuRIC study launched

Professor Tim Maughan from the Gray Institute for Radiation Oncology and Biology, University of Oxford is working on a new collaboration with the Queen’s University in Belfast who are leading a euro-wide research programme to find a new treatment for bowel cancer. This new research is being funded by the European Commission.

The MErCuRIC study, which was launched yesterday in Belfast, involves eight different countries and will look at two major genetic factors which make bowel cancer difficult to treat.

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