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Biological Sciences

Cancer Devils and Angels: From Taz to Humans? Event

19:00 - 21:45
23 May 2016
The View Bar and Bistro, Sports Centre, Thornhill Road, Southampton, SO16 7AY, United Kingdom

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Event details

What have Tazmanian devils got in common with humans? Come along & find out! From bench to bedside, join us on our mission to tackle cancer. Pub quizzes, hands-on activities & pint-sized experiments - are you a supertaster? - give it a go with the world of cancer sciences. Entertainment kindly sponsored by Cancer Research UK. Shoot at cancer cells while learning about the new Southampton Centre for Cancer Immunology. Pint of Science & e-Life pub quiz prizes. Kindly sponsored by: eLife & the Faculty of Medicine of the University of Southampton. - Free parking space available -


What happens when cancer becomes an infectious disease?

Dr Hannah Siddle (Lecturer in Molecular Biology)

In some species cancer can be ‘caught’, like a cold, and with devastating consequences. This is the world of the Tasmanian devil, a rare and unique marsupial species, which is dying out due to the infectious cancer, Devil Facial Tumour Disease. A bite from one infected individual is enough to pass on the disease, which has a mortality rate of 100%. Infectious cancers also exist in some shellfish and dogs, but it hasn’t yet emerged in our own species. However, by studying how these cancers emerge and spread we can gain insight into both human cancer and develop effective vaccine strategies.

Tim Underwood

From genome to clinic: journeys through the oesophagus

Mr Tim Underwood (MRC Clinician Scientist and Associate Professor in Surgery)

Southampton is a world leading centre for research into cancer of the oesophagus (gullet). With live footage from real operations, Tim will take you behind the scenes of the operating theatre when the fight against cancer requires focus, precision and exceptional skills. Following the cancer after it's removal form the body, Tim will describe how by understanding the relationship between the cancer and its host we are beginning to develop the cancer treatments of the future.

Jac Samuel

CRUK Nurses: at the bedside of clinical trial patients

Jac Samuel (Cancer Research UK Senior Research Nurse)

Cancer Research UK Senior Research Nurse Jac leads a team who see and care for patients participating in early trials for new cancer treatments. With a little help from her colleagues she will share some insights into the group's crucial role.

Speaker information

Dr Hannah Siddle,Lecturer in Molecular Biology

Mr Tim Underwood,MRC Clinician Scientist and Associate Professor in Surgery

Jac Samuel,NHS,Cancer Research UK Senior Research Nurse

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