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Check out our fight against cancer

17 Jan 2017

The University will be marking World Cancer Day by highlighting the world-class, interdisciplinary cancer research that set us apart from other research-intensive institutions

World Cancer Day

Cancer is one of the University’s five research beacons and we have invited key research partners to join us on campus to demonstrate how we are collectively fighting cancer.

A public engagement event to inform and inspire the University community and beyond will take place in University Place on Friday, 3 February 2017 that will include a range of interesting, interactive activities which highlights how Manchester cancer research is saving lives globally and the significant impact our research makes here in Manchester and beyond. So why not take this opportunity to come along and meet the people behind the science?

As well as finding out from on-hand cancer awareness nurses and other healthcare professionals how you can do your part to reduce the global burden of cancer though lifestyle changes, you can meet our scientists and get hands on with the research leading advances in personalised medicine, targeted treatment and immunotherapy. You can get an up close look at cancer cells on our Virtual Reality lab tours and find out how you can get involved with supporting cancer prevention and healthy lifestyle initiatives in your community.

You can also listen to five minute lightning lectures from Manchester researchers and academics  who want to inform and engage you with their latest cancer discoveries, share their experiences of fantastic cancer care here at Manchester, talk about what fascinates them about cancer research and treatment or simply explain why they think they have the most fantastic job in the world!

This is an annual global event and aims to save millions of preventable deaths each year by raising awareness and education about the disease, pressing governments and individuals across the world to take action.

World Cancer Day is a chance to reflect on what you can do, make a pledge and take action. Whatever you choose to do, '#We Can I Can' make a difference to the fight against cancer.

The exhibition takes place in the Foyer, University Place, Oxford Road (11am-2pm) on Friday, 3 February. The lectures will take place 12 noon-1pm.

Manchester Cancer Research Centre

The MCRC will also be marking World Cancer Day with a compact programme of events on Thursday, 2 February. At 11 am, an extra edition of our Research Café series will feature Wes Dale and Andrew Wardley from The Christie covering the impact of cancer in Greater Manchester, its challenges and the latest research initiatives to address them.

Following this event in Café VIVO, we will be assembling for a photo opportunity, to show how we are united against the challenge. We hope as many as possible will join us for this.

Finally, we are offering staff from our partner organisations the chance to take a quick tour of the MCRC laboratories, to see how scientists working in our cutting-edge facilities are improving our knowledge of how to beat cancer. If you are interested in joining a tour, please contact:

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