Pandemic update – MSc Conference and New Website

The commitments of the pandemic made it harder to dedicate research to cancer, and studies are already ongoing to assess the impact of the disruption on cancer care, with Essex’s hospitals contributing to this effort. Despite this, ECR’s John Bruce and Oksana Hoile attended the School of Life Sciences Cancer Biology MSc conference over Zoom in July 2021 to watch presentations by students on their research.

The charity has also spent this time building resources to prepare for a relaunch and a new website, to act as a hub for information and fundraising for local patient-centred cancer research, which will take priority as we move past the pandemic. Updates on this effort, alongside details of fundraising opportunities, will be available soon. Thank you for your patience at this time.

Cancer Research at the University of Essex

Trustees of Essex Cancer Research were inspired by a visit in early 2020 to the University’s School of Life Sciences; hosted by Professor Greg Brooke and faculty colleagues Drs Antonio Marco, Metodi Metodiev, Philippe Laissue, Vladimir Teif, Ralf Zwacka and Andrea Mohr.

The Trustees gained insight into research currently undertaken in the fields of ‘Cancer Genetics’, ‘Cancer Biomarkers and Proteomics’, ‘Cancer Cell Imaging’, ‘Liquid Biopsies for Cancer Detection’, and the ‘Development of Novel Cancer Therapeutics’.

The University of Essex undertakes a remarkable breadth and depth of research. The open collaboration between separate fields of research is to be highly commended and has encouraged Essex Cancer Research to develop an association with Professor Brooke and his colleagues.

The Charity has accordingly extended an invitation to the University of Essex School of Life Sciences, to join the charity’s Research Advisory Board.

Trustees are delighted that Professor Greg Brooke and Dr Andrea Mohr have taken positions on the Research Advisory Board.

Essex Cancer Research – MSc Student Cancer Research Project Prizes at the University of Essex

The Trustees of Essex Cancer Research and its Research Advisory Board actively seek opportunities to support cancer research being undertaken in the county; and are keen to support this in academic as well as clinical settings. Dr Andrea Mohr, Lecturer at the University of Essex School of Life Sciences, coordinates and supervises MSc Students’ Cancer Research Projects. The charity is to award prizes totalling £500 (£200, £100 & 4 x £50), for the 2021 projects judged to have made either …

  • Material contributions to potential improvements in the diagnosis or treatment of cancer, or
  • Actual improvements to the understanding of the presentation of cancer in the population of the county

The winners will be judged jointly by; representatives of the Essex School of Life Sciences Faculty; the Chair of the Essex Cancer Research Board of Trustees and one or more of its Trustees; and the Chair of the Essex Cancer Research Medical Advisory Board and at least one of its serving Clinicians.