The Research Art For Cure Have Supported :
Dr Rachel Natrajan – Functional Genomics Team At Breast Cancer Now Research Centre, London.
Dr Natrajan’s team wants to understand the genetic diversity of cancer cells in breast tumours that are likely to spread and become incurable. Ultimately, they want to find new ways to treat breast cancer based on this knowledge.
Finding Cancer’s Achilles’ Heel – Professor Chris Lord’s Research - Fundraising 2019
In 2018, Art For Cure decided to part-fund a project led by Professor Chris Lord, to find cancer’s Achilles’ heel.
Professor Lord’s team is driving the development of new targeted treatment strategies for breast cancer, based on newly identified genetic weaknesses. New targeted treatments could not only improve the quality of life for women with breast cancer, but also ensure that breast cancer is treated successfully first time, and never comes back.
Proven track record
Professor Lord has already had a major success in this area, contributing to the discovery that a faulty BRCA gene in cancer cells acts as a weakness which can be exploited with a drug called a PARP inhibitor. These drugs are now being trialled in patients, have recently been approved for use in breast cancer in the USA and we eagerly await these treatments being made available to patients in Europe and the UK.
Bringing benefit to people with breast cancer
Professor Lord’s team is driving the development of new targeted treatments for breast cancer, based on new weaknesses that they are revealing inside cancer cells. We believe that his research has the potential to not only improve the quality of life for women with breast cancer, but also ensure that their cancer is treated successfully first time, and never comes back.
PROFESSOR CLARE ISACKE
One of these projects, undertaken by Professor Clare Isacke’s team at Breast Cancer Now's research centre in London, identified that breast cancer cells recruit other non-cancerous cells, called fibroblasts, to help tumours grow and survive. They also discovered that breast cancer cells co-opt these fibroblasts by secreting a specific protein. By finding ways to block this protein, we could reduce the spread of breast cancer, giving women better ways to fight the disease.
PROFESSOR JUDY COULSON AND HER TEAM- Liverpool
Following the Kerala 2022 cycle challenge over £50,000 has been donated to a specific research project via Breast Cancer Now as to 'How Cancer Cells Divide' being undertaken in Liverpool by Professor Judy Coulson and her dedicated team.
ROYAL MARSDEN 2022 DONATION
Art For Cure are delighted to support research at the Royal Marsden led by oncoplastic breast surgeon Miss Jennifer Rusby who is leading PIONEER a research study into the most effective ways of developing large scale preventative breast care projects for women with family history or breast cancer symptoms.