Great shot of the members and researchers at our 3 day European event held at the NW Cancer Research Centre in Liverpool last week! http://www.umcure2020.org/en/ @UMCURE2020
Scientists from the UMCure2020 consortium, comprised of 12 partners including the 'Melanoma Patient Network Europe’, met in Liverpool for the Annual General assembly meeting on Nov. 30th and Dec. 1st. The consortium is addressing advanced uveal melanoma, the most common ocular cancer in adults that spreads in ~50% of the patients to the liver. Such advanced disease at present is not curable. A uveal melanoma Patients meeting also took place on the afternoon of Nov. 30th when the UMCure2020 scientists and clinicians interacted with the patients and their carers, getting feedback from them about their research.
CONGRATULATIONS to Ben G, Neil M, Nathan R, Neil K and Ben H, all friends of Paul and Renee Massie (formerly Metroka), who lost her long and brave battle against cancer at the start of 2018.
In September the group undertook the huge challenge of cycling from London to the centre of Paris in just three days and in doing so raised the most generous donation Liverpool Ocular Oncology Research Group has ever received. We can't thank the riders and their supporters enough. Donations like this make such a difference ensuring we can keep going with the essential research into all forms of ocular tumours. Well done and we sincerely thank you all.
Mark Dorward receives support from team ahead of this Sunday's kiltwalk.https://dundeekiltwalk2018.everydayhero.com/uk/mark-1 Mark is walking in memory of his much loved Dad Sandy who sadly lost his brave battle against Choroidal Melanoma in 2017. Since then Mark has continued to raise funds for Liverpool Ocular Oncology Research Group with donations making a huge difference to the work we carry out into ocular tumours. We would like to pass on a huge thank you to Mark and all of his supporters and wish you all the best of luck for Sunday!
LOORG WELCOMES VISITOR PROFESSOR PAUL MCMENAMIN Director of Centre for Human Anatomy Education, Monash University, Australia
Professor McMenamin visiting a very sunny Liverpool after 31 years since migrating to Australia from his hometown of Glasgow.
Paul is here on a sabbatical working in collaboration with LOORG and the Beatson institute, Glasgow, studying the biology of melanocytes.
Paul has been involved in teaching anatomical sciences to medical students, science students and a range of postgraduate surgical and medical specialists for around 35 years.
His laboratory research focusses on the role of immune cells in a range of eye diseases including uveitis, macular degeneration and retinopathy of prematurity.
He has published around 160 papers and co-authored one textbook.
Along with his team at the Monash Centre, Paul pioneered a unique method of creating 3D prints of human anatomy, based on data obtained from laser scanning or CT scanning of dissected cadaveric specimens or from patient radiographic data. He hopes the ‘Monash 3D Printed Human Anatomy Series' will act as a unique learning resources for medical schools, hospitals and teaching institutions around the world. He and his team at Monash University have essentially created a 3D printed replica of the entire human body. http://www.med.monash.edu.au/anatomy/facilities/3d-printer.html
CONGRATULATIONS - Professor Sarah Coupland receives International Council of Ophthalmology (ICO) Ophthalmic Pathology Award at the opening ceremony of the World Ophthalmological Congress (WOC) in Barcelona.
This award is given out every 4 years only, and the candidates are discussed by an International Panel.
It is associated with a medal as well as with the Naumann lecture, since the award was instigated by Profs. Gottfried and Lieselotte Naumann of Erlangen Germany.
Sarah was the fourth person to receive this medal/award, and actually the first UK person to receive it!
Sarah gave the Naumann lecture last Monday evening in Barcelona.
Sarah receives Distinguished Service Award at ARVO (Assoc. of Research in Vision and Ophthalmology”) annual meeting this year, that took place in Honolulu.
Sarah was ARVO Vice President this year, her term ending at the end of the annual meeting. Sarah served on a number of ARVO committees over the last 10 years, including the Board of Trustees as the Anatomy-Pathology-Oncology Trustee, the last 5 years.
Carol & Alan Goodridge Celebrate Golden Wedding Anniversary with tandem SKYDIVE and donate funds raised to LOORG
LOORG would like to sincerely thank Carol and Alan Goodridge who on 3rd June very bravely jumped out of an aeroplane at 15,000 feet! raising money for our research. https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/carol-alan-goodridge-skydive. We are a small charity and donations such as these make a huge difference. A big thank you to all involved and donators that supported us through Justgiving. Best wishes to Carol and Alan celebrating their Golden Wedding Anniversary - we can't thank you enough.
On Thursday 24th May 2018, the North West Cancer Research Centre@UoL, UGC-UKIERI and N3CR held a joint workshop on the ‘Use of the Chick Embryo Model in Cancer’ in the LBIH Seminar Room, WHD Building.
The event welcomed UKIERI collaborators from the University Hyderabad, Prof Geeta Vemuganti and her new PhD student, Mr Narayana Revu Venkate Lakshmi, who provided an overview of retinoblastoma, stem cells, and the use of the chick embryo to study the disease.
Dr Anne Hermann (IIB, UoL) discussed the chick embryo model in cancer research: from standard protocols to new clinically relevant discoveries, Dr Jodi Alexander (ITM, UoL) highlighted the use of the chick embryo in Uveal Melanoma. Finally, Dr Thomas Butts (UoL) provided an overview on the use the chick as a model to study brain development, with Prof Coupland summing up.
Professor Sarah Coupland hosts an eye pathology microscopy session with visitors from around the globe: Dr Ekaterina Sokolenko (Russia), Dr Jakub Khzouz (Jordan), Dr Santosh Kafle (Nepal), Dr Daniel McKay (Australia). #fightforsightUK @IntlCouncilOph
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