Research News

Vacancy: Clinical Academic Fellow in GI Research/Bioinformatics

Thursday, 30 July 2015 09:32

University Academic Fellow / University Clinical Academic Fellow in Gastrointestinal Research including Bioinformatics

  • Location: Leeds - Main Campus
  • Faculty/Service: Faculty of Medicine & Health
  • School/Institute: School of Medicine
  • Category: Academic
  • Grade: Grade 8
  • Salary: £38,511 to £45,954

Closing Date: Wednesday 30 September 2015

BSG Trainee Member wins a UEGW 2015 Top Abstract Prize

Monday, 27 July 2015 15:44

BSG Trainee Member Edmund Derbyshire has won 10,000 Euro from UEG for his abstract "Colonoscopic perforations in the English NHS Bowel Cancer Screening Programme (NHSBCSP) - beware diagnostic perforations and the sigmoid colon". This is one of five prizes awarded for the top abstracts each year. Further details of this prize are available on the UEG website. The BSG would like to congratulate Dr Derbyshire on his achievement.

NCRI Screening, Prevention & Early Diagnosis (SPED) Workshop

Monday, 27 July 2015 13:29

NCRI Screening, Prevention & Early Diagnosis (SPED) Workshop

The National Cancer Research Institute (NCRI) has issued a call for proposals for studies in Screening, Prevention or Early Diagnosis (SPED). The deadline for submission of brief outline proposals is 4pm on Friday 25 September 2015. A SPED workshop will be held on Thursday 5th November 2015 to help investigators develop their idea into an application which can subsequently be submitted to a funding committee. To allow sufficient discussion time, approximately 3 proposals will be discussed during the workshop. Investigators will be invited to give a presentation, followed by a 30 minute discussion on how the proposal might be developed. The application form can be downloaded and emailed to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , who can also answer questions about the process.

The outline proforma is not onerous and will be treated in confidence. If NCRI receives more applications than can be included in the workshop, applications will be prioritised by a small group including the SPED Chair, the Chair of the NCRI Primary Care Studies Group and the NCRI Clinical Director.

Please forward this to any colleagues who may be interested.

Cambridge MRC Cancer Research Unit release 'pill on a string' for diagnosing oesophageal cancer

Wednesday, 22 July 2015 07:21

Julie Solomon, BSG Head of Research and Learning

BSG member Professor Rebecca Fitzgerald and her team have developed a less intrusive but more effective way to sample the cells lining the oesophagus. This method uses the CytoSponge™, a compressed open-fibre sponge that opens up once in the throat and can be retrieved easily using an attached cord. The open texture and size of the sponge increase the probability of finding pre-cancerous tissue that might otherwise have been missed by more conventional endoscopic biopsy techniques. An additional benefit of gathering more tissue has been the ability to track changes in the cells that could indicate a change to cancerous tissue. Detecting these changes early is essential, because oesophageal cancer is very difficult to treat. [Professor Fitzgerald won the UEG Research Prize in 2014 for the project to develop CytoSponge™: "Combination of quantifiable genomic assays with a patient friendly non-endoscopic cell retrieval device called Cytosponge™ for management of patients with Barrett's oesophagus".] The BSG congratulates Professor Fitzgerald on her achievements.

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