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BCI Postdoc wins breast cancer computer modelling image competition

Posted in Images Published by Zoe Leech 27 May 2016

BCI Postdoc wins breast cancer computer modelling image competition

Congratulations to our postdoctoral researcher Dr Ed Carter, whose 3D image of breast duct cells has won the Computer Modelling category in an image competition joint run by BioMed Central's Breast Cancer Research journal and Breast Cancer Now...

Vitamin A could boost pancreatic cancer chemotherapy

Posted in In the Press, Publications Published by Zoe Leech 25 May 2016

Vitamin A could boost pancreatic cancer chemotherapy

The latest study from the Kocher lab, published recently in the Journal of Pathology, has found that adding high doses of a form of vitamin A could help make chemotherapy more successful in treating pancreatic cancer.

This finding is now being taken forward in the clinical trial, STARPAC, by our Centre for Experimental Cancer Medicine.

FDA approves new bladder cancer treatment following BCI-led clinical trial

Posted in General News Published by Zoe Leech 20 May 2016

Tecentriq is the first PD-L1 inhibitor approved by the FDA

FDA approves new bladder cancer treatment following BCI-led clinical trial

Following a groundbreaking trial of a new bladder cancer treatment published in Nature in late 2014 and led by the BCI, the US Food and Drug Administration has now approved the immunotherapy for patients with advanced disease.

This is the first treatment advance for this cancer type in 3 decades and, now it has received first approval, should help many patients for whom existing treatments have not proved effective. European approval will hopefully follow.

BCI success in Academy of Medical Sciences grant awards

Posted in Grants & Awards Published by Zoe Leech 13 May 2016

BCI success in Academy of Medical Sciences grant awards

Three researchers from Queen Mary University of London (QMUL) have been awarded £100,000 each by the Academy of Medical Sciences. Two are here at BCI: Dr Paulo Ribeiro and Dr Angus Cameron.

The grants are designed to support researchers in the first years of their independent career with funds, training and mentoring. Angus' grant is for the study of cancer-associated fibroblasts (CAFs) while Paulo’s grant will fund a project studying tissue growth mechanisms...

London Pancreas Workshop 2016

Posted in BCI Spotlight Articles, Events Published by Katrin Hood 10 May 2016

London Pancreas Workshop 2016

Professors Hemant Kocher and Nick Lemoine co-organised the sixth biennial London Pancreas Workshop, which took place on Friday 29th April. The conference is billed as a forum for state-of-the-art clinical and basic research in pancreatic cancer.

The event was a huge success, bringing together medics, students, charities, and sponsors. 150 delegates were in attendance, packing out the lecture theatre. 

Tyson Sharp has run the London Marathon!

Posted in Charity, Engagement Published by Zoe Leech 19 April 2016

Tyson took on the most challenging of physical feats - and raised a huge amount of money for Barts Cancer Institute in the process.

Tyson Sharp has run the London Marathon!

For the first time ever, Barts Cancer Institute had a charity running spot for the world-famous London Marathon. Eager to take on the challenge was our very own researcher and all-round sport, Dr Tyson Sharp!

Repurposing viruses to tackle pancreatic cancer drug resistance

Posted in Publications Published by Zoe Leech 15 April 2016

Repurposing viruses to tackle pancreatic cancer drug resistance

A new paper in the journal Oncotarget, led by Dr Gunnel Hallden, shows that viruses can be modified to force cancer cells to die, instead of evading apoptosis.

This also means they work better with existing anti-cancer drugs to destroy pancreatic tumours, a promising beginning to exploring more combination therapies to tackle the problem of drug resistance in pancreatic cancer...

New PCRF grant to support pancreatic cancer research at BCI

Posted in Grants & Awards Published by Zoe Leech 05 February 2016

New PCRF grant to support pancreatic cancer research at BCI

The Pancreatic Cancer Research Fund (PCRF) is funding six new research projects, including another here at BCI, with a total of £1 million - bringing the charity’s support for research into the UK’s most lethal cancer to over £8 million.

Included in the 6 funded projects are our Dr Patricia Sancho, and former PhD student, now postdoc at Imperial College, Dr Fieke Froeling...

World Cancer Day 2016

Posted in General News, Engagement Published by Zoe Leech 04 February 2016

World Cancer Day 2016

It's World Cancer Day today, so cancer charities, researchers and patients unite to affirm that we can all help in the fight against cancer.

Whether it's through research, donations, caring for patients or family, educating on lifestyle and symptom awareness, or any other contribution - everyone can play a part. We are all affected.

Cancer evolution follows natural law - using maths to predict progression

Posted in Publications Published by Zoe Leech 19 January 2016

Cancer evolution follows natural law - using maths to predict progression

Dr Trevor Graham from our Centre for Tumour Biology has co-authored a new study in Nature Genetics, revealing new insights about evolutionary patterns of certain tumours.

This understanding could help us to predict tumour growth for some types of cancer and advance personalised medicine...

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