Grants & Awards

Pancreatic Cancer UK Grand Challenge

Posted in General News, Grants & Awards Published by Bethan Warman 27 July 2018

PCUK’s largest ever research fund

Pancreatic Cancer UK Grand Challenge

Our Director, Prof Nicholas Lemoine, and a team of researchers from the BCI and King’s College London have been awarded the Pancreatic Cancer UK (PCUK) Grand Challenge- PCUK’s largest ever research fund. The grant will be used for the development of a type of immunotherapy, known as CAR-T cell therapy, to treat pancreatic cancer.

Immunotherapy harnesses the body’s own immune system to identify and kill cancer cells, and has been demonstrated to be an effective treatment option in a variety of cancer types. In CAR-T cell therapy, T cells- key immune cells responsible for fighting infected cells- are isolated from patient blood samples, modified outside of the body and reinjected back into the patient. Once back in the body, the T cells are equipped to target and attack tumours.

Prof Trevor Graham part of ‘ACE’ research centre within NCI’s Cancer Systems Biology Consortium

Posted in General News, Grants & Awards Published by Bethan Warman 19 June 2018

Prof Trevor Graham part of ‘ACE’ research centre within NCI’s Cancer Systems Biology Consortium

BCI’s Prof Trevor Graham, Lead of the Evolution and Cancer Biology Laboratory, is part of Arizona State University’s recently funded research centre called ‘ACE’ (the Arizona Cancer Evolution Centre), which has been awarded more than $8.5 million over five years to serve as one of 13 research hubs within the National Cancer Institute (NCI)’s Cancer Systems Biology Consortium (CSBC).

NCI’s CSBC has a multidisciplinary approach, with the network of centres uniting clinical and basic cancer researchers with physical scientists, engineers, mathematicians and computer scientists to tackle key questions in cancer biology in novel ways.

Fellows inaugurated at new Rutherford Academy of Population Genomics and Health Data Science

Posted in General News, Grants & Awards Published by Bethan Warman 16 May 2018

Fellows inaugurated at new Rutherford Academy of Population Genomics and Health Data Science

Queen Mary University of London has appointed four research fellows to its new Rutherford Academy of Population Genomics and Health Data Science, funded by the Medical Research Council and UK Research and Innovation’s Rutherford Fund. Two of the fellows include BCI’s Dr Kit Curtius and Dr Dayem Ullah.

Queen Mary’s new Rutherford Academy will be aligned to its research as a partner of the London substantive site of Health Data Research UK - a major new initiative to transform health through data science. Forty two of these prestigious fellowships were awarded following a rigorous national competition, resulting in four fellowships at Queen Mary out of a total of fourteen awarded to London universities.

UK charities join forces to fund the work of Dr Angus Cameron

Posted in General News, Grants & Awards Published by Bethan Warman 05 April 2018

Supporting vital research on pancreatic cancer

UK charities join forces to fund the work of Dr Angus Cameron

BCI’s Dr Angus Cameron, Centre for Tumour Biology, is to receive joint funding from Worldwide Cancer Research and Pancreatic Cancer Research Fund (PCRF) to support vital research on pancreatic cancer. The charities have awarded equal sums totalling £235,000 to support the work of Dr Cameron and his laboratory group.

Pancreatic cancer is diagnosed in approximately 9,900 individuals annually in the UK and, although this disease accounts for only 3% of the total cancer cases diagnosed each year in the UK, the prognosis is dismal- with less than 1% of patients surviving for 10 years or more.

Dr Ranjit Manchanda awarded William Blair Bell Memorial Lecture

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

A prestigious prize awarded by the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists

Dr Ranjit Manchanda awarded William Blair Bell Memorial Lecture

Congratulations to our Dr Ranjit Manchanda, Centre for Experimental Cancer Medicine, who has been awarded the William Blair Bell Memorial Lecture prize. Dr Ranjit Manchanda was awarded with the prize on 8th February and presented his lecture, entitled ‘Population based germline testing and targeted ovarian cancer prevention,’ the following day.

Dr Manchanda said: "It is an honour to have received this prestigious prize. I am humbled by this recognition and will work tirelessly to further this research which I strongly believe will bring about a new paradigm for preventing cancers and saving lives."

STORMing Cancer shortlisted for Cancer Research UK’s Grand Challenge Award

Posted in General News, Grants & Awards Published by Bethan Warman 08 February 2018

The world’s most ambitious cancer research grant

STORMing Cancer shortlisted for Cancer Research UK’s Grand Challenge Award

STORMing Cancer, a team of multi-disciplinary scientists including our own Dr Stuart McDonald, from the Centre for Tumour Biology, has been shortlisted to the final stages of Cancer Research UK (CRUK)’s Grand Challenge Award- the world’s most ambitious cancer research grant consisting of a series of £20 million awards seeking researchers to tackle cancer’s toughest challenges.

In their proposed project, the team led by Professor Thea Tlsty, University of California, aim to use oesophageal cancer and inflammatory bowel disease-associated colon cancer as models to determine the links between chronic inflammation and cancer development. Dr Stuart McDonald’s work will focus on Barrett’s oesophagus (BE) - a condition in which chronic inflammation leads to the development of pre-cancerous lesions.

BCI director Professor Nick Lemoine receives China's highest award for foreign experts

Posted in General News, Grants & Awards Published by Reza Roozitalab 29 November 2017

Professor Lemoine is only the fifth British scientist to have received this honour

BCI director Professor Nick Lemoine receives China's highest award for foreign experts

BCI director Professor Nick Lemoine has been awarded the China Friendship Award - the country’s highest award for ‘foreign experts who have made outstanding contributions to the country's economic and social progress’.

How Dr Katiuscia Bianchi is using a CRUK Pioneer Award to beat cancer sooner

Posted in General News, Grants & Awards Published by Reza Roozitalab 03 November 2017

A PIONEERING AWARD FOR PIONEERING RESEARCH

How Dr Katiuscia Bianchi is using a CRUK Pioneer Award to beat cancer sooner

With the support of a recent £188,000 Pioneer Award from Cancer Research UK, Dr Katiuscia Bianchi and her team are developing an innovative method to allow researchers to screen and identify new drugs targeting a particular metabolic pathway that cancer cells use to thrive.

Professor Sir Nicholas Wright Awarded Honorary Degree from Imperial College

Posted in General News, Grants & Awards Published by Reza Roozitalab 02 November 2017

Awarded by Imperial College London for outstanding contribution to medicine

Professor Sir Nicholas Wright Awarded Honorary Degree from Imperial College

Professor Sir Nicholas Wright, who leads the Centre for Tumour Biology, has in recognition of his outstanding contribution to medicine, been awarded an honorary doctor of science degree...

Professor Jack Cuzick wins Lifetime Achievement Award

Posted in Grants & Awards Published by Kaye Yeung 20 September 2017

Professor Jack Cuzick wins Lifetime Achievement Award

Professor Jack Cuzick has received the Cancer Research UK Lifetime Achievement Award in recognition of his lifetime commitment in the field of cancer prevention and detection.

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