September 2014

September 2014

29th September 2014: Cancer Genomes for Cancer Care

Speaker: Professor Andrew Biankin, Director, Wolfson Wohl Cancer Research Centre and Regius Chair of Surgery, University of Glasgow

Read the summary report of Professor Biankin's lecture on Cancer Genomes for Cancer Care

Professor Andrew Biankin’s primary scientific focus is on the molecular pathology of pancreatic cancer, the development of early detection and novel therapeutic strategies based on molecular phenotyping and the delineation and implementation of biomarkers that facilitate clinical decision-making. He contributes to the International Cancer Genome Consortium through extensively characterising the genomic, transcriptomic and epigenomic aberrations in pancreatic cancer, and is extending this knowledge to a personalised model of cancer care, where molecular characteristics guide treatment decisions.

4th September 2014: Discussion Forum: Invasive Species - Friends or Foes?

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Speakers: Professor Chris D Thomas FRS, Department of Biology, University of York and Dr Niall Moore
Head of the Non-native Species Secretariat for Great Britain.

Here Today, Worse Tomorrow

Invasive non-native species are one of the most important causes of biodiversity loss worldwide. Unlike other parts of the biosecurity agenda, non-native species have long been relatively ignored. Dr Niall Moore discussed how more decisive action now might prevent the increasing trend in biodiversity loss.

 An Alien Future

Non-native, foreign, alien or invasive species are just species. They are no better and no worse than 'native' species. Professor Chris Thomas FRS discussed the difficulty in maintaining an attitudinal distinction between native and non-native species in the Anthropocene, an epoch during which the majority of species are shifting their distributions. 

 

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