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Regenerative Medicine Conference highlights progress being made in fast-growing field

Thursday, 22 September 2016 15:48

The inaugural UK Regenerative Medicine Conference opens its doors to leading scientists this week, showcasing the outstanding research that makes the UK a world leader in this fast-moving field.

Delivered by the UK Regenerative Medicine Platform (UKRMP) in partnership with UK Research Councils and the Cell and Gene Therapy Catapult, the two-day conference covers topics ranging from tissue regeneration to methods of cell and tissue replacement.

The conference brings together researchers from the UK and across the globe to present and discuss the latest advances in regenerative medicine. This interdisciplinary field has the potential to completely change the way we care for patients by helping to develop new treatments for a wide range of debilitating conditions.

Regenerative medicine also offers huge potential to support the UK economy; the sector in the UK is expected to create 15,000 jobs by 2020 and generate £5 billion of revenue by 2020. Statistics published by the Cell and Gene Therapy Catapult show that investment in the cell and gene therapy industry in 2015 was over £400m at year end compared to £35m in 2012.

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South Tyneside NHS Foundation Trust nominated for HSJ Awards

Tuesday, 13 September 2016 13:19

Prof Colin Rees and his team at South Tyneside NHS Foundation Trust have been shortlisted in the Clinical Research Impact category of the Health Service Journal annual awards, for their entry "Delivering High Quality Gastroenterology Research".

HSJ announced "Judges had a tough job scoring and have commended the high quality of entries this year so to be shortlisted is a fantastic achievement!" Judging will take place in mid October in London. Details of the shortlist can be found on the HSJ website:

The BSG wishes Prof Rees and his team the best of luck for the competition.

2017 Cancer Research UK Early Diagnosis Research Conference

Tuesday, 06 September 2016 09:34

Registration is now open for this meeting, which was formerly known as the NAEDI Conference. It will take place on 23rd and 24th February 2017 at the Radisson Blu Portman Hotel, 22 Portman Square, London W1H 7BG. The 2017 conference aims to bring together researchers, clinicians, patients and policy makers to share and discuss the latest research findings, their impact on policy, and future implications for early diagnosis.

This year’s conference will focus on new data and outputs within the following themes:

  • Cancer screening
  • Patient factors in timely presentation and diagnosis
  • Optimising clinical practice and systems
  • Risk assessment and risk stratification
  • Inequalities
  • Cancer data to achieve new insights in cancer control
  • Health economics

Delegates must register for the meeting. Abstracts that fit into the main conference themes, and that present new data and outputs, are welcomed. If you are interested in submitting an abstract, please fill out the abstract submission form and send it to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it by 5pm 1st November 2016.

Please do circulate this invitation to any colleagues that you think this may be of interest to. More information on the conference can be found on their website. If you have any questions, please get in touch at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

How to register

Delegates MUST register to attend this conference. Please login to register for the event (Username: EARLY17, Password: CRUK – all uppercase). Please register early to secure a place – as with previous conferences, those who are not allocated a space will be placed on a waiting list and will be contacted if a space becomes available.

Cancer Research UK’s early diagnosis work is made possible thanks to donations from the public. This year, to help cover the costs of the 2017 conference, we are asking delegates to pay a registration fee:

  • 1 day rate (23rd February or 24th February): £100.00
  • 2 day rate (both 23rd and 24th February): £150.00

Registration fees include:

  • Attendance fee
  • Entry to the poster exhibition and associated evening networking event on 23rd February
  • Lunch and refreshments
  • Access to presentation slides after the conference (subject to speakers permission)

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MRC - Scientists discover how 'super enzyme' speeds up DNA repair

Tuesday, 06 September 2016 09:24

Scientists from the University of Sussex have discovered how an enzyme, known as PARP3, helps to accelerate the repair of DNA.

In the body, mutations can arise from DNA damage that is not repaired properly, leading to disease, including cancer and neurodegenerative disease. New research funded by the MRC and Cancer Research UK, led by the laboratories of Professor Keith Caldecott and Professor Laurence Pearl at the University of Sussex’s Genome Damage and Stability Centre, has identified how the enzyme PARP3, short for poly(ADP-ribose) polymerase 3, recognises and signals the presence of broken DNA strands.

Research has shown that the PARP3 enzyme is involved in the DNA repair process and helps to maintain the integrity of the genetic code, but until now the precise DNA repair activation mechanism triggered by the enzyme was unclear.

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