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Alan studied molecular biology at the University of Washington in America before crossing the pond to complete a PhD in immunology at the University of Edinburgh. After a stint at the BBC working on live news he joined the Cancer Research UK press office in 2013. He is now part of the Cancer Research UK science information team, communicating the science that the charity funds to the public.

Expert Opinion – Professor Richard Gilbertson talks children’s cancers

Category: Science blog November 26, 2015

We caught up with Professor Richard Gilbertson to find out the challenges facing research into children’s cancers, and where the field is heading.

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Recently funded research – understanding what makes cancer tick

Category: Science blog October 2, 2015

Here are a few highlights from the research projects our Science Committee funded in April.

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Stopping cancer’s scrum for survival

Category: Science blog September 25, 2015

Our scientists have discovered that similar to a rugby maul, cancer cells can ward off tumour-killing immune cells through an important cellular signal.

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Cellular ‘kryptonite’ poses challenges in tackling childhood nerve cancer

Category: Science blog August 1, 2015

Our scientists have discovered that neuroblastoma cells can produce a cellular ‘kryptonite’ that seems to sap the power from nearby immune cells.

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Working together to beat cancer in young people

Category: Science blog July 15, 2015

We talk about some of the highlights from the Cancer Research UK Kids & Teens Workshop and how we can overcome some of the biggest challenges facing childhood c...

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ASCO 2015 round-up: immunotherapy continues to come of age

Category: Science blog June 5, 2015

We take a look back at the excitement from – and add a few important caveats to – the research from this year’s big US cancer conference.

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TRAIL and error – flipping cancer’s self-destruct switch

Category: Science blog April 16, 2015

We explore new research showing how particular genetic faults inside cancer cells can subvert a self-destruct switch and instead encourage cancer to spread.

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