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Making new medicines for old diseases

Sunday 20 March: 1:45pm - 2:30pm

Cancer Research UK Cambridge Institute, Robinson Way, CB2 0RE

Age-old human diseases like cancer remain largely incurable despite the explosive growth in our knowledge of how they develop. Professor Ashok Venkitaraman from the Medical Research Council’s Cancer Unit will discuss recent scientific advances that promise to transform our ability to translate biological knowledge into new medicines.

Ashok Venkitaraman is the Ursula Zoellner Professor of Cancer Research at the University of Cambridge, and the Director of the Medical Research Council (MRC) Cancer Unit. He trained in clinical medicine in India, before completing his PhD at University College London, and his post-doctoral work at the MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology in Cambridge.

Ashok is internationally recognized for his discoveries concerning the biology and genetics of human cancers, and his work to translate these discoveries to clinical application through the development of next-generation medicines. He has received several academic honours for his work, including election to the Fellowship of the Academy of Medical Sciences, London, and to membership of the EMBO European academy, Heidelberg.

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Age: 12+, Talk, Arrive on time, Free