Spirit’s Rosie (Client Services Director) and Caroline (Principal Medical Writer) recently joined some of the North West ‘s most successful entrepreneurial companies and individuals for a unique view on how the world’s leading researchers, based in Manchester, are fighting cancer using state-of-the-art techniques, novel approaches and inspiration from unexpected areas.
Three world-renowned Cancer Research UK scientists spoke about their cutting-edge research at the MCRC (Manchester Cancer Research Centre), one of the world’s top scientific research facilities.
Allan Jordan, Crispin Miller, and Steve Bagley explained how insights from computational biology, artificial intelligence, and ecology can help us better understand and treat cancer.
Allan’s talk on advances in drug discovery, informed us that the Cancer Moonshot plan originally proposed by Richard Nixon and recently updated by Barrack Obama is within our grasp and Manchester is a leading player in the project . He also advised on a need to change the way we do research “we need to stop trying to find patients for trials, but find trials for patients”
Steve’s talk on advances in imaging showed that we are now able to probe the structure of individual DNA strands, while Crispin’s talk on ‘big data’ provided great insights into the complexity of cancer research: “Our research generates terabytes of data every day” and “Analysing big data means figuring out what’s a coincidence and what’s a meaningful interaction!”
After the presentations actress Sally Dynevor, better known as Sally Webster in Manchester’s top TV soap “Coronation Street”, spoke eloquently about her experiences as a cancer patient and survivor and quizzed the scientists about exciting advances in immunotherapy.
The event was well received and Caroline and Rosie had the opportunity to speak to the presenters and understand more about how Manchester’s involvement in the global drive to turn cancer into a chronic disease, “a thing that people live with, not die from”. We’ll be following the Cancer Moonshot project closely and look forward to sharing further insights.