New CEO of North West Cancer Research visits School of Pharmacy and Biomedical Sciences

Alastair Richards, the new CEO of North West Cancer Research (NWCR) visited the University in May 2018 on the invitation of Dr Mohamed ElSawy of the School of Pharmacy & Biomedical Sciences. After a tour of the research labs and a presentation by neuro-oncology leads, Dr Jane Alder and Dr Lisa Shaw, Alistair commented, I had a fascinating tour of the laboratories at UCLan and was impressed by the on campus state-of-the-art research facilities. I commended the University on the variety of work being covered along with the concentration of research on brain tumours.”

Professor Colin Davidson, Research Lead for the School, commented, It was a pleasure to have NWCR visit the University and to meet their new CEO Alastair Richards. Neuro-oncology is an important research theme within our Faculty and we very much hope to be able to work with NWCR on various cancer-related projects in the near future.”

As a hub for neuro-oncology research in the North West, the vision of our neuro-oncology team is to work together with neuro-oncologists and clinicians in the Royal Preston Hospital, combating brain cancers through research starting from fundamental lab research through to bedside clinical trials.

Professor Stjohn Crean, our Pro Vice-Chancellor (Clinical), says:  Our research ambition is to contribute towards the development of effective management of brain cancer. This will be achieved through our commitment to inter-disciplinary and inter-institutional collaboration, enabling effective and contextual clinical translation of our research. We appreciate the NWCR initiatives in supporting cancer research in the region and we are excited at the prospects of working together for the welfare of brain cancer patients in the North West”.

Image Caption: from left to right: Andrea Julie Burrow, Dr Gail Welsby, Dr Jane Alder, Katherine Ashton (back), Prof Timothy Dawson, Prof Colin Davidson, Alastair Richards (NWCR CEO), Dr Izabela Stasik, Prof Charles Davis, Dr Mohamed Elsawy, Dr Lisa Shaw, Prof Kamaliner Singh

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