Wednesday 16 March: 6:30pm - 7:30pm
Mill Lane Lecture Rooms , 8 Mill Lane, CB2 1RW
Late diagnosis is a problem for many cancers such as cancer of the oesophagus. The healthcare system can't afford to endoscope everyone with one of the risk factors, heartburn. Rebecca's lab have developed a simple test that could be given at the GP surgery and have combined it with molecular technology to minimise over and under-diagnosis which is a problem with many screening programmes. This talk will describe the ten year journey to develop the Cytosponge test and what it takes to get such a simple idea into the clinic.
Rebecca Fitzgerald is Professor of Cancer Prevention at the MRC Cancer Unit at the University of Cambridge. Prior to this post she trained in medicine at Cambridge, undertook research at Stanford, USA and then specialist training in Gastroenterology at Barts & The London Hospitals. Rebecca is passionate about doing research that is practically relevant to improve outcomes from cancer. She is also keen to encourage young people to take up science and medicine.