WOMEN in STEM: Dr Karen Pinilla

Dr Karen Pinilla is a clinical research fellow at the Cancer Research UK Cambridge Centre. She worked as a clinician in the breast unit at Addenbrooke’s Hospital before starting her fellowship in October 2019. She is now based in both Addenbrooke’s Hospital and the Cancer Research UK Cambridge Institute.

Cambridge University News | Feb. 20, 2020 | cambridge
~5 mins   

Tags: women-in-stem cancer breast-cancer

Zooming in on breast cancer reveals how mutations shape the tumour landscape

Scientists have created one of the most detailed maps of breast cancer ever achieved, revealing how genetic changes shape the physical tumour landscape, according to research funded published in Nature Cancer.

Cambridge University News | Feb. 17, 2020 | cambridge
~4 mins   

Tags: cancer breast-cancer health

Magnetised molecules used to monitor breast cancer

A new type of scan that involves magnetising molecules allows doctors to see in real-time which regions of a breast tumour are active, according to research at the University of Cambridge and published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

Cambridge University News | Jan. 22, 2020 | cambridge
~4 mins   

Tags: cancer imaging breast-cancer

Detailed genetic study provides most comprehensive map of risk to date of breast cancer risk

A major international study of the genetics of breast cancer has identified more than 350 DNA ‘errors’ that increase an individual’s risk of developing the disease. The scientists involved say these errors may influence as many as 190 genes.

Cambridge University News | Jan. 7, 2020 | cambridge
~6 mins   

Tags: cancer breast-cancer genetics dna

Cambridge joins new transatlantic research alliance to detect cancer at its earliest stage

Cambridge scientists are set to benefit from a major cash injection from Cancer Research UK and partners to develop radical new strategies and technologies to detect cancer at its earliest stage.

Cambridge University News | Oct. 21, 2019 | cambridge
~8 mins   

Tags: cancer future-therapeutics physics

Study highlights potential of whole genome sequencing to enable personalised cancer treatment

Whole genome sequencing of tumour cells could help predict the prognosis of a patient’s cancer and offer clues to identify the most effective treatment, suggests an international study published today in Nature Medicine.

Cambridge University News | Sept. 30, 2019 | cambridge
~6 mins   

Tags: cancer breast-cancer genome-sequencing

Nanoparticles used to transport anti-cancer agent to cells

Scientists from the University of Cambridge have developed a platform that uses nanoparticles known as metal-organic frameworks to deliver a promising anti-cancer agent to cells.

Cambridge University News | Sept. 17, 2019 | cambridge
~8 mins   

Tags: advanced-materials cancer nanotechnology

Women in STEM: Dr Kate Dry

Dr Kate Dry is Information Specialist in Professor Steve Jackson’s Lab at the Gurdon Institute. Here, she tells us about unexpected career paths, working in science while raising a family, and being a member of a world-leading cancer research lab. 

Cambridge University News | July 25, 2019 | cambridge
~3 mins   

Tags: women-in-stem cancer

‘Fingerprint database’ could help scientists to identify new cancer culprits

Scientists in Cambridge and London have developed a catalogue of DNA mutation ‘fingerprints’ that could help doctors pinpoint the environmental culprit responsible for a patient’s tumour – including showing some of the fingerprints left in lung tumours by specific chemicals found in tobacco smoke.

Cambridge University News | April 16, 2019 | cambridge
~5 mins   

Tags: spotlight-on-cancer spotlight-on-stem-cells dna cancer smoking

Molecular patterns could better predict breast cancer recurrence

The genetic and molecular make-up of individual breast tumours holds clues to how a woman’s disease could progress, including the likelihood of it coming back after treatment, and in what time frame, according to a study published in Nature.

Cambridge University News | March 13, 2019 | cambridge
~7 mins   

Tags: cancer spotlight-on-cancer breast-cancer

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