October 15, 2018, by Hannah Jackson
Great success for the CBTRC at the Cancer Research Nottingham Symposium 2018
It was very nearly a clean sweep for Beth Coyle’s group from the CBTRC at the recent Cancer Research Nottingham 2018 annual symposium.
The symposium was held on the 19th September this year and showcased the latest advances in cancer research. The symposium provided a platform for researchers, clinicians and industry representatives from around the world to come together and discuss high-quality research.
This insightful research meeting featured exciting presentations regarding novel treatment approaches and therapeutic targets in various cancer types. Examples included, the improved survival associated with intra-cavity surgical drug delivery in patients with malignant brain tumours (Mr Stuart Smith from the CBTRC) and advancements in the mechanisms of how prostate cancer cells grow and invade (Prof. Kevin Gaston Course Director of the new Cancer Sciences BSc). There were three external speakers: Prof. Banafshe Larijana (University of the Basque Country, Spain) gave a fascinating overview of oncoprotein activation dynamics; Prof. Robert Clarke (Manchester Cancer Centre) highlighted the role of cancer stem cells and tumour microenvironment in breast cancer metastasis; and Prof Kevin Ryan (Beatson Inst., Glasgow) discussed the role of fucosylation as a p53 effector in cancer cells.
This year there was also an opportunity for PhD students and Post-Docs to enter their work into the Cancer Research Nottingham poster competition. The poster presentation consisted of a visual display of research findings combined with an interactive question and answer period with the judge. The posters most highly regarded by the judges were awarded voucher prizes.
This year three out of the four winners came from the CBTRC! The winner of the first year PhD student prize was CBTRC student Hannah Jackson, third year winner was CBTRC student Sophie Roper and the award for the best Post-doc poster prize was given to CBTRC post-doc Franziska Linke.
So a huge congratulations to our winners!