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Nottingham scientist wins major cancer research award
Date:8/2/2011

alignancy, and to identify the genes involved. This is important as tumour progression to malignancy is the major cause of death in the majority of human cancers.

Dr Georgiou and his team have developed a system that combines the powerful genetic tools of the fruit fly with state-of-the-art live cell imaging. Using this system, cancer cells can be followed in unprecedented temporal and spatial resolution as the tumour progresses in the living animal. This will allow them to characterise the precise molecular and cell biological events that lead to the development of a malignant tumour.

This process is likely to be complex, involving concurrent dramatic changes in numerous aspects of cell and tumour biology. The eventual hope is that as genes involved in these fundamental biological processes are highly conserved between flies and humans, any genes identified in this project as affecting tumour progression are likely to be relevant to the human disease and therefore will be good targets for further investigation.

Dr David Scott, Cancer Research UK's director of science funding, said: "Having 10 awards available sends out the important message that Cancer Research UK is serious about supporting new scientists at the start of their careers."

Professor Margaret Frame is chair of the panel of world-renowned cancer experts that helped to select these scientists and science director at the Edinburgh Cancer Research UK Centre. She said: "It was highly competitive and we ended up with an excellent set of individuals. Now Cancer Research UK will nurture their talent and their passion for cancer research.

"I am always amazed by the breadth of wonderful new innovation and ideas that I see at these interviews. The funding from Cancer Research UK will give these ten scientists the time and resources to take on challenging problems in cancer. It will be exciting to see what comes out of these projects over the next few years. I look f
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Contact: Emma Rayner
emma.rayner@nottingham.ac.uk
44-011-595-15793
University of Nottingham
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