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Chemotherapy before surgery could boost ovarian cancer response to immunotherapy

Posted in In the Press, Publications Published by Zoe Leech 15 June 2016

New study published in Clinical Cancer Research by Prof Balkwill

Chemotherapy before surgery could boost ovarian cancer response to immunotherapy

Professor Fran Balkwill has published a study on ovarian cancer responses to treatment, which could mean hope for patients whose cancer has already spread.

The findings suggest that giving chemotherapy before surgery could improve tumour responses to immunotherapy given afterwards, by making the cancer cells more susceptible to immune attack by the immune system...

QMUL Festival of Communities

Posted in BCI on the Road, Engagement, Events, Images Published by Zoe Leech 09 June 2016

BCI Art Installation

QMUL Festival of Communities

The QMUL Festival of Communitites came to a conclusion on Saturday 4th June with the QMUL Campus Festival at Mile End.

The BCI had an exlusive photographic installation at the festival: "Bringing Cancer Research to Life", which showcased some of our beautiful science imagery...

BCI at the Pint of Science Festival

Posted in Engagement, Events Published by Zoe Leech 07 June 2016

Review by Viola Walther

BCI at the Pint of Science Festival

BCI researchers and SMD colleagues took part in the Pint of Science festival once again this year.

The aim is to unweave the complexity of current research topics for the benefit of a non-scientific audience in a casual setting (over a pint, probably, in a pub)...

QMUL's medical institutes rank top in London and second in UK

Posted in General News Published by Zoe Leech 03 June 2016

QMUL's medical institutes rank top in London and second in UK

Queen Mary University of London's School of Medicine and Dentistry has placed first in London in the Guardian's Medicine and Dentistry league tables for 2017, as well as second in medicine and third in dentistry overall in the UK...

Professor Sir Nicholas Wright: Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada Honorary Fellowship

Posted in General News, Profiles Published by Zoe Leech 02 June 2016

Professor Sir Nicholas Wright: Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada Honorary Fellowship

Professor Sir Nicholas Wright, lead for our Centre for Tumour Biology, has been made an honorary fellow of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada this year.

Congratulations, Nick!

Dr Susana Godinho awarded the prestigious Lister Prize – a first for QMUL

Posted in Grants & Awards Published by Zoe Leech 01 June 2016

Dr Susana Godinho awarded the prestigious Lister Prize – a first for QMUL

Dr Susana Godinho in our Centre for Molecular Oncology has become the first lecturer at BCI - and Queen Mary University of London as a whole - to be awarded the prestigious Lister Prize Fellowship.

Just five excellent researchers receive this award each year...

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...

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