Chaired by Breast Cancer Now scientist Professor Mitch Dowsett, the event emphasised the importance of collaboration between professionals from many disciplines in understanding breast cancer, finding the best ways to prevent and treat it, as well as improving the lives of those living with the disease.

21 February 2018

Dr Nichola Johnson was nominated by Dr Olivia Fletcher, a team leader at the Research Centre, for her work investigating how changes in levels of hormones are linked with breast cancer risk and response to treatment.

12 February 2018

We asked them to share who and what inspires them, what life is like as a woman on the frontline of breast cancer research, and the pearls of wisdom they have for any aspiring young scientists.

8 February 2018

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Mapping the DNA of breast cancer in order to better understand how and why it develops.

28 January 2018 Breast Cancer Now

Our final update of highlights from the National Cancer Research Institute (NCRI) Cancer Conference in Liverpool.


Lifestyle was a strong theme at this year’s conference, with talks exploring how making lifestyle changes is a powerful way to reduce cancer risk, as well as a way to improve outcomes for people living with and beyond the disease.

4 December 2017

The Breast Cancer Now Tissue Bank is the UK’s largest unique collection of high-quality breast tissue, breast cells and blood samples donated by breast cancer patients. Scientists can apply to use these tissue samples in their work, to help them understand more about how breast cancer behaves, grows and spreads.

Angie Berwick is part of the team that gets these tissues ready for scientists to use. She tells us what a typical day is like working in the lab at our bank in Leeds.

21 November 2017

We’re excited to bring you the latest developments from this year’s conference, where the cancer research community gathered to share their progress and debate the best ways forward to prevent, detect and treat cancer, and improve the lives of everyone affected.

Cutting off cancer’s DNA repair routes

During the conference both Prof Steve Jackson from the University of Cambridge and Breast Cancer Now researcher Prof Chris Lord expressed their view that how a cell responds to damaged DNA was “arguably the most important topic in cancer science”.

10 November 2017

We’re excited to bring you the latest developments from this year’s conference, where the cancer research community gathered to share their progress and debate the best ways forward to prevent, detect and treat cancer, and improve the lives of everyone affected.

Establishing best practice for chemotherapy before surgery

This year’s conference had a strong showing from the surgical community, and stepping in last minute to talk about surgical trials was Stuart McIntosh, Consultant Breast Surgeon at Belfast City Hospital.

8 November 2017

One of the greatest challenges that breast cancer researchers face is understanding how and why secondary tumours form and finding new ways to tackle them. Secondary tumours occur when cancer cells escape from the breast and travel to other sites in the body such as the lungs, liver, bones and brain. Although

26 October 2017