As we are now at the beginning of a new quinquennium, we sat down with Dr Aoife Regan, Head of ECMC Programme Office, to find out what’s in store for the next five years for the network.
What you are most excited about for the future?
In the Programme Office we are all really excited about taking on responsibility for the paediatric network. The possibility of facilitating better access to new therapies for children is quite a motivator.
On 1 April 2017, Liverpool ECMC joined the Adult ECMC Network. We caught up with Professor Daniel Palmer, the Liverpool ECMC Lead, to hear why joining the Network is important for cancer patients in Liverpool, his love for Johnny Marr, and what inspired his career in oncology.
Dr Harriet Walter of is the chair of the Junior Investigator Network Group (JING), a group that supports junior investigators across the country develop through their early careers. We caught up with Harriet at the JING residential, to chat about why she got involved with JING and how the group can support junior investigators at a crucial point in their careers.
Hannah Brown, Project Officer in the ECMC Programme Office can now add a new title to her name: Cancer Research UK’s ‘Our Heroes’ 2016 Winner. Her desk is still littered with congratulatory cards, bouquets, a golden crown, and photographs of her receiving her award from CEO, Sir Harpal Kumar - it is apparent that those around her are still celebrating.
CM-Path is a cellular and molecular pathology initiative developed by the ECMC’s Cellular Molecular Pathology (CMP) Network Group. Taken on and established by the NCRI, the initiative provides funding of £635,000 over five years with the aim of boosting pathology research in the UK.
As one of the Leeds ECMC team’s most established figure-heads, Professor Phil Quirke runs an active research group in bowel cancer as well as being the Academic Training Programme Director for West Yorkshire and the Chair of the NHS Bowel Cancer Screening Programme Pathology Committee.