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ICPV Research Open Day

On 6th May 2017 we invited patient advocates from the charity Independent Cancer Patient Voice to the Manchester Cancer Research Centre to learn more about the research conducted by MBC.

Discussions lead by Dr Rob Clarke, Dr Ahmet Ucar and Dr Michelle Harvie allowed our visitors to ask questions and understand more about the role of nutrition and lifestyle in breast cancer, and how stem cells cause and progress the disease.


There was also the opportunity to learn some laboratory skills that our researchers use every day. The visiting patient advocates practiced loading western blots, which are used for identifying proteins, and using microscopes to look at tissue samples from humans and mice.



ICPV is a patient advocate group independent of established UK cancer charities and aware of the value of medical research to both public health and to the national economy. More information about them can be found here.


Annual Symposium 2016

The annual MBC meeting, which focuses on advances in breast cancer research in the Greater Manchester Area, was held at the Manchester Cancer Research Centre on Wilmslow Road and was attended by delegates from local University hospitals as well as the Breast Cancer Now charity, Cancer Research UK, Astra Zeneca and The Christie among others.

The event, held on 21st October 2016, covered laboratory and clinical research work in prevention imaging and surgery, signalling in metastasis, immunotherapies and mammographic density as a risk factor. Keynote speakers Dr Jacqui Shaw and Dr John Maher spoke on their world-leading research. Dr Shaw’s talk was about her work in tracking minimal residual disease using circulating free DNA, and Dr John Maher spoke on the treatment of breast cancer using immunotherapy.

Simon Vincent, Research Director of Breast Cancer Now, opens the MBC Symposium

Presentation of prize vouches to Post-Doc speakers. Rachel Eyre spoke on IL1β and Wnt signalling in bone metastasis and James McConnell focused on the link between breast density, collagen organisation and cancer.

From L to R: Rachel Eyre, Ahmet Ucar, James McConnel and Angélica Santiago.

Cliona Kirwan from Manchester Breast Centre introduces Dr Jacqui Shaw, world expert on cfDNA.

Maggie Wilcox from Independent Cancer Patient’s Voice provides the patient perspective on breast cancer research.

Paul Shore from Manchester Breast Centre talks about the multifaceted roles of transcription factors Runx1/2 in breast cancer


Date:  14 September 201716:00
Speaker:  Mohamed Bentires-Alj
From:  University of Basel
Title:  TBA
Host:  Rob Clarke
Date:  05 October 201716:00
Speaker:  Daniel Rea - Breast Cancer Now Seminar
From:  Institute of Cancer and Genomic Sciences - University of Birmingham
Title:  TBA
Host:  Andrew Wardley
Date:  12 October 201716:00
Speaker:  Lone Rønnov-Jessen - Breast Cancer Now Seminar
From:  University of Copenhagen
Title:  TBA
Host:  Charles Streuli
Date:  03 November 201712:00
Speaker:  Matthew Ellis - Breast Cancer Now Seminar
From:  Baylor Breast Centre
Title:  TBA
Host:  Rob Clarke