The 38th annual meeting of the British Association for Ophthalmic Pathology took place on 28-29th March 2019, at the North West Cancer Research Centre, hosted by Professor Sarah Coupland and the Liverpool Ophthalmic Pathology team. Congratulations to LOORG's Luna Djirackor for winning the Dr Jean Campbell Trophy for best trainee presentation and runner-up Sophie Thornton, well done!
University of Liverpool's Sarah Coupland, Professor and Honorary Consultant in Pathology and lead at LOORG, proudly pictured with the Blue Volume on “The WHO Classification of Tumours of the Eye” released today.
Sarah says "This is a major achievement since the last version of this book was written in 1980, and needed a major update!
Together with a group of about 30 people, I was involved in writing many of the Chapters and subsections.
It took most of 2017. We then met in Lyon (the IARC headquarters, which produces the WHO Tumour series on all tumours in the body) in January 2018, and went through every single sentence, picture etc. over 3-4 days. After some final ’touch ups’ during the year, it has finally come out, just in time for Xmas!"
Congratulations from the LOORG team Sarah!
University of Liverpool ICAT Clinical Lecturer Presentation Evening - Dr Gemma Petts Wins Poster Prize!
LOORG's Dr Gemma Petts NIHR Clinical Lecturer and Paediatric Pathology Registrar displaying her research poster 'Developing a cancer model to investigate the role of the tumour microenvironment in paediatric rhabdomyosarcoma' at the ICAT presentation evening on 4th December. Well done Gemma!
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.
Great for the team to meet Mark Dorward yesterday who has continued to fundraise for LOORG since the passing of his beloved Dad Sandy who lost his battle against Choroidal Melanoma in 2017. Making a huge difference to funding our research Mark, sincere thanks to you and all your supporters!
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.
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