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University of Derby, Kedleston Rd, Derby DE22 1GB
East Midlands branch

Join the branch for an evening lecture from Professor Jacqui Shaw

The evening will start with a light buffet in the University multi faith centre at 18:30 and the lecture will start from 19:15 taking place in lecture theatre OL1, followed by the presentation of the Charter Certificate at 20:30. The lecture is on 'Liquid biopsies: towards blood tests for cancer' from Professor Jacqui Shaw, University of Leicester.

Liquid biopsy

The liquid biopsy holds potential as a tool for detecting and monitoring cancer, for predicting relapse and response. Circulating tumour cells (CTCs) and circulating tumour DNA (ctDNA) are most widely investigated but other blood based markers are also under active investigation. Recent research by Jacqui's lab and others has shown that profiling of somatic copy number alterations and mutations in circulating cell-free DNA (cfDNA) can detect minimal residual disease and predict who will relapse after cancer treatment.

In this annual charter lecture Jacqui will introduce the field of liquid biopsies and discuss some of the recent research from her group focussing on breast and lung cancers.

About the speaker

Jacqui Shaw is professor of translational cancer genetics and director of the Leicester Precision Medicine Institute at the University of Leicester. She leads a research team of high national and international standing sustained through > £3M current grant funding.

Her research is focussed on analysis of circulating tumour DNA (ctDNA) for detection and monitoring of breast cancer. She has published a number of first in field papers and her research was recommended by Faculty 1000 (F1000) as “an example of bench to bedside science that might be useful in the risk assessment and the monitoring of cancer”.

Jacqui holds programme grant funding from Cancer Research UK in breast cancer and is the cfDNA lead for the national TRACERx trial in NSCLC. She also led the cfDNA advisory group for Genomics England and sits on a number of national committees and editorial boards.


18:30 Light buffet, multi faith centre
19:15 Lecture on Liquid biopsies: towards blood tests for cancer, lecture theatre OL1
20:30 Presentation of the Charter Certificate, lecture theatre OL1
21:00 End


This event is free to attend and open to all. Please book in advance using the link at the top of the page.


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