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Safia studied biology at UCL and she followed that up with a PhD looking at how cancer cells respond to chemotherapy. Her first three years at CRUK were with the science communications team but she’s since moved to research funding where she’s looking for ways to boost research into cancers of the pancreas, lung, oesophagus and brain.

Our new strategy – “a big step towards putting us all out of jobs”

As we launch our new strategy, we catch up with chief scientist, Professor Nic Jones, and get his take on our plans for the future.

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Introducing our new arrivals

We welcome the latest group of scientists who’ve just been awarded funding from Cancer Research UK.

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A home from home – how cancer cells spread to new organs

This entry is part 5 of 5 in the series Microenvironment

In our previous post in this series, we talked about how the tumour microenvironment helps tumour cells leave a primary tumour…

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I want to break free – the microenvironment and metastasis

This entry is part 4 of 5 in the series Microenvironment

No man is an island, and the same can be said of tumour cells. Previous posts in our ‘microenvironment’ series…

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Feeling the heat – the link between inflammation and cancer

This entry is part 3 of 5 in the series Microenvironment

Regular readers will know that the infrastructure supporting a tumour – its ‘microenvironment’ – is a hot topic in cancer…

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The queen in the hive – scientists find more evidence for cancer stem cells

Biology has its share of contentious issues, and the existence of cancer ‘stem cells’ – treatment-resistant cells at the heart of…

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The story of vismodegib and skin cancer

This entry is part 11 of 30 in the series Our milestones

Professor Phil Ingham’s research in fruit flies and fish evolved into a drug to treat patients with advanced basal cell carcinoma, a type of skin cancer.

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Expert Opinion: Dr Gareth Veal – getting chemo right for kids

When it came to avoiding extremes, Goldilocks knew what she was doing as she plumped for the perfect porridge. In…

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Expert Opinion – Professor Josef Vormoor and Dr Olaf Heidenreich

Being told your child has cancer is every parent’s worst nightmare. But every year, around 1500 families are given this…

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Expert Opinion: Professor Fran Balkwill

No man is an island – we exist together with other people in families, communities and societies. The same is…

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