Study suggests immune system plays key role in survival after pancreatic cancer surgery

Study suggests immune system plays key role in survival after pancreatic cancer surgery

12 February 2019: 

Researchers in Oxford have found that an individual’s immune system – and in particular the presence of T-cells amongst tumour cells - may play an important role in survival after surgery to remove pancreatic cancer.

News coverage for Drs Kerry Fisher and Joshua Freedman

Research by Dr Kerry Fisher and Dr Joshua Freedman was covered by The Independent and The Sun on 19 November. 

One of the problems we face in killing tumours is that the tumours often recruit healthy cells to help them grow and to protect them from attack.  In this case tumours often recruit fibroblasts to help them shape their local environment and protect them from the immune system.

Dr Serena Lucotti receives Italy Made Me prize

Congratulations to Dr Serena Lucotti, a postdoctoral researcher in Ruth Muschel’s group, who has been awarded an Italy Made Me prize for her DPhil project entitled: ‘Targeting prostanoid biosynthesis during metastasis: the therapeutic potential of aspirin and beyond’. During her DPhil, Serena has studied the effect of aspirin and other anti-platelet drugs on cancer metastasis, which led her to discover a novel platelet signalling pathway that supports tumour cell dissemination through the bloodstream.

Andrew Blackford and Simon Lord become the first Against Breast Cancer Research Fellows at Oriel College

Department of Oncology researchers Dr Andrew Blackford and Dr Simon Lord have been appointed as Fellows of Oriel College.

The Research Fellowships, which provide research support for the UK’s leading scientists and clinicians working in the area of breast cancer research, were launched this year by Against Breast Cancer, a charity based in Abingdon, Oxfordshire.

The two Fellows received their awards at a celebratory evening at Oriel College attended by supporters of the charity, scientists from Oxford and Southampton, local dignitaries and alumni of Oriel College.

UNIQ Summer School 2018

In July, the Department of Oncology was involved in the UNIQ Summer school, which is run as part of the University of Oxford’s programme to increase diversity amongst students and is a committed supporter of making Oxford accessible to everyone. 


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