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Genomics project reaches goal of 100,000 genomes sequenced from NHS patients

Posted in General News Published by Administrator 06 December 2018

Genomics project reaches goal of 100,000 genomes sequenced from NHS patients

UK Health Secretary Matt Hancock announced yesterday that a project involving Queen Mary University of London researchers has reached its goal of sequencing 100,000 whole genomes from NHS patients. The 100,000 Genomes Project, led by Genomics England in partnership with NHS England, is a ground-breaking programme which has been based at Queen Mary’s Charterhouse Square campus since 2013, involving 24 of its staff members.

Tackling the deadliest cancer type

Posted in General News Published by Bethan Warman 30 November 2018

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Tackling the deadliest cancer type

This month is Lung Cancer Awareness Month. Lung cancer is the third most common cancer in the UK, with 46,700 new cases diagnosed each year. Approximately 35,600 people lose their lives annually as a result of lung cancer in the UK, making it the most common cause of cancer-related mortality. Only 5% of those affected survive their cancer for 10 years or more in the UK, and this survival rate has not shown much improvement over the last four decades.

Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month 2018

Posted in General News Published by Bethan Warman 23 November 2018

Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month 2018

November marks Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month. Pancreatic cancer is diagnosed in over 9,900 people in the UK annually. Sadly, 90% of the individuals affected lose their lives each year, and less than 1% of patients survive the disease for 10 or more years. In the early stages of the disease, pancreatic cancer often does not show any symptoms, making timely diagnosis and intervention difficult.

‘The neighbouring effect’: Centrosomal abnormalities drive invasion of surrounding cells

Posted in General News, Publications Published by Bethan Warman 19 November 2018

‘The neighbouring effect’: Centrosomal abnormalities drive invasion of surrounding cells

Centrosomal amplification, a particular change that occurs within some cancer cells, has been shown to drive the invasion of neighbouring cancer cells in a recent study by researchers from the BCI, led by Dr Susana Godinho, and the Francis Crick Institute.

BCI welcomes two new Group Leaders

Posted in General News Published by Bethan Warman 07 November 2018

BCI welcomes two new Group Leaders

We are pleased to welcome two new members of academic staff to the BCI- Professor Victoria Sanz-Moreno, joining us from King’s College, London, and Professor Kamil R Kranc, joining us from the University of Edinburgh.

Killer cell immunotherapy shows promise for advanced pancreatic cancer

Posted in General News, Publications Published by Bethan Warman 01 November 2018

Killer cell immunotherapy shows promise for advanced pancreatic cancer

A new approach to treating pancreatic cancer using 'educated killer cells' has shown promise, according to early research from the BCI. The new cell-based immunotherapy, which has not yet been tested in humans with pancreatic cancer, led to mice being completely cancer-free.

New phase 3 clinical trial using combination therapy extends survival in triple-negative breast cancer

Posted in General News, BCI on the Road, Publications Published by Bethan Warman 22 October 2018

New phase 3 clinical trial using combination therapy extends survival in triple-negative breast cancer

New research led by Barts Cancer Institute and St Bartholomew’s Hospital has provided new hope for people with an aggressive type of breast cancer. The phase 3 clinical trial has shown that by using a combination of immunotherapy and chemotherapy, the body’s own immune system can be tuned to attack triple-negative breast cancer, extending survival by up to ten months.

Immunotherapy shows promise for patients with metastatic triple-negative breast cancer

Posted in General News, Publications Published by Bethan Warman 17 October 2018

Immunotherapy shows promise for patients with metastatic triple-negative breast cancer

Immunotherapy has been shown to confer an encouraging survival benefit in patients with metastatic triple-negative breast cancer (mTNBC). The phase 1 clinical trial, led by Prof Peter Schmid, Centre Lead for BCI’s Centre for Experimental Cancer Medicine, is the first to report the long-term safety and efficacy of the drug for mTNBC, and may represent significant steps forward for treatment of this disease.

Accelerator Award to improve early detection and intervention of blood cancers

Posted in General News, Grants & Awards Published by Bethan Warman 09 October 2018

Accelerator Award to improve early detection and intervention of blood cancers

BCI researchers are lead members of an international team to be funded by an Accelerator Award, which will bring together scientists from the UK, Spain and Italy in a bid to improve early detection and intervention of blood cancers. The award of £4.8M over 5 years, funded through a partnership between Cancer Research UK (CRUK), AIRC and FC AECC, encourages cross-institutional collaboration to unite resources and expertise to accelerate progress in cancer research.

Blood Cancer Awareness Month 2018

Posted in General News Published by Bethan Warman 28 September 2018

Blood Cancer Awareness Month 2018

Blood Cancer Awareness Month takes place every September to raise awareness of the challenges faced by those living with blood cancer. In the UK, blood cancer is the fifth most common cancer, with 240,000 people living with the disease and 38,000 people being diagnosed with a type of blood cancer each year. The three main blood cancer types are leukaemia, lymphoma and myeloma; however, there are over 100 individual types.

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