Sarcoma UK are delighted to welcome two new members to our Research Advisory Committee
Our existing committee are joined by Professor Ted Hupp, Chair of Cancer Research from the Edinburgh Cancer Research centre, University Edinburgh.
Professor Hupp is a basic scientist who works at the clinical interface. His research focus is on the mutation of the gene P53 which is very common in many cancer types. The genetic re-wiring caused by mutations in genes like P53 involves changes at a molecular level that promote cancer cell survival. His lab is using a range of techniques to gain understanding into the cancer progression pathway and to develop strategies for new therapeutics including monoclonal antibodies and cancer vaccines.
We also welcome Mr Anant Desai, a surgeon the Midlands Abdominal and Retroperitoneal Sarcoma Unit (MARSU) based at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham. He works closely with colleagues at the Royal Orthopaedic Hospital to treat the whole range of soft tissue and bone sarcomas.
His research interests include: whole genomic sequencing of sarcomas and pre-operative psychological intervention for patients undergoing major oncological surgery.
Sarah McDonald, our Director of Research, said: "Having Mr Desai and Prof. Hupp join the RAC is brilliant news for sarcoma patients. Their interests and experience in surgery and development of therapeutics will strengthen the RAC and help influence our research programme for the whole community. "