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Cambridge MP, Daniel Zeichner visits the MRC CU

last modified Jun 04, 2018 12:33 PM

The MRC Cancer Unit  recently hosted a visit by the Cambridge MP, Daniel Zeichner. In response to the Units invitation to local parliamentarians  as part of its celebrations of the MRC Festival of Medical Research, Mr Zeichner visited the Unit on the 14th of July. During his almost two hour long visit, the MP engaged in a very stimulating group discussion with all the Cancer Unit PIs about the importance and future of ongoing cancer  research focussed on ‘early’ detection, patient stratification and intervention, in keeping with the stated mission of the Unit. He was also taken on a tour across the research labs, where he interacted with students and post-doctoral researchers.

Daniel Zeichner, MP with teh MRC CU group leaders

 


 

Professor Rebecca Fitzgerald of the MRC CU interviews for Radio 4s PM

last modified Jun 04, 2018 12:35 PM

On Monday the 13th March, Professor Rebecca Fitzgerald,  was interviewed by BBC Radio 4’s  flagship news programme, PM.  This interview with the renowned presenter Eddie Mair highlights research carried out in the Fitzgerald lab at the MRC CU over the past many years that has led to the fruition of the  early detection device - Cytosponge (‘Pill on a String’) - which is now in phase 3 clinical trials and may revolutionise early detection of Upper GI cancers.  This interview  is perhaps particularly timely given the recent series of interviews with the, sadly now deceased, journalist Steve Hewlett. Steve’s reflections about his journey, from diagnosis to his untimely death,  through Oesophageal Cancer were broadcast every week on the same program and became hugely popular  and highlighted the need for research into earlier detection of cancers – something that is reflected through Rebecca’s research in this instance and is exactly the mission of the MRC Cancer  Unit, overall .