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Manchester scientists showcase work to local MP

13 Jun 2008

MP Tony Lloyd visited The University of Manchester today (Friday, 13 June) to check on the progress of two of the 11 research projects in Manchester funded by Breast Cancer Campaign, worth more than £1.6 million.

Campaign-funded scientist Professor Charles Streuli and researcher Dr Fiona Foster, both in the Faculty of Life Sciences, and Dr Gillian Farnie, in the School of Medicine’s Cancer and Imaging Sciences research group, presented an overview of their work to an audience that included top charity fundraisers; this was followed by a tour of the laboratory.

Professor Streuli and Dr Foster’s project is investigating the possibility of using novel drugs to kill breast cancer cells more efficiently, therefore improving the effectiveness of existing breast cancer treatments, while Dr Gillian Farnie’s work hopes to identify new targets for breast cancer treatments to prevent pre-invasive breast cancer developing into an invasive form.

Tony Lloyd, MP for Manchester Central, said: “It’s fascinating and encouraging to see first hand the work of these scientists that could make a difference to breast cancer patients in the future. This research has been made possible by Breast Cancer Campaign and some of the inspirational fundraisers that were also here today.”

Notes for editors

Breast Cancer Campaign aims to beat breast cancer by funding innovative world-class research to understand how breast cancer develops, leading to improved diagnosis, treatment, prevention and cure

Currently it supports 103 research projects, worth over £12.6 million, in 50 centres of excellence across the UK

Breast cancer is the most common cancer in the UK and accounts for nearly one in three of all cancers in women

In the UK, over 44,000 new cases of breast cancer are diagnosed in women each year - that’s 120 a day

For more information visit www.breastcancercampaign.org

Media contacts:

Claire Learner

Breast Cancer Campaign

T: 020 7749 3705

E: clearner@breastcancercampaign.org

Aeron Haworth

University of Manchester

T: 0161 275 8383

E: aeron.haworth@manchester.ac.uk