Experts to give rare insight into city's pioneering cancer research

Members of the public will be given a rare insight into the pioneering cancer research being performed at Southampton’s teaching hospitals at an open evening next week.

The event, to be held at the Cancer Research UK Centre at Southampton General Hospital on Wednesday (25 January), will see presentations from two of the south’s leading researchers and give people the chance to participate in a question and answer session.

Professor Martin Glennie, who specialises in using the body’s immune system to fight cancer and is also director of the cancer sciences unit at the University of Southampton, will be joined by colorectal surgeon and Cancer Research UK clinician scientist Alex Mirnezami to discuss how research is taken out of the lab and into the clinic.

People will also be able to find out more about how the centre, which is a partnership between Cancer Research UK, the University of Southampton and University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust, is leading the way in developing new treatments for a variety of cancers.

In addition, Mr Mirnezami will highlight the importance of bowel cancer screening and present some of his team’s current work, which involves the investigation of small molecules and how they spread the disease.

Data published last month by the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) showed people in the south have some of the best access in the country to the latest medical advances, with Southampton one of the top five hospitals for offering patients treatment in clinical trials.

Professor Peter Johnson, director of the centre and Cancer Research UK’s chief clinician, said: “We are making fantastic progress in fighting cancer and the majority of our success is down to the fact that we have dedicated facilities such as our centre, which combine the work of hospitals, universities and charities to find new treatments and give people the opportunity to be part of groundbreaking studies.

“This evening will give people the chance to come and meet some of those who work tirelessly behind the scenes everyday to help change lives through some of the world’s most advanced projects.”

The cancer care evening is part of the UHS specialist evening programme, which offers people who sign up as members the opportunity to meet some of the country’s top medical experts.

Those interested in attending the event, which runs from 7pm to 9pm, can contact the membership office on 023 8120 5199 or via email at to book a place.

Posted on Thursday 19 January 2012