ICPV Study Day 22 July 2009

Wellcome Trust Brenner Building Leeds Institute of Molecular Medicine


Our first study day involved 23 participants and was immensely successful. The only complaint I heard was that there just wasn't enough time. There was a buzz of excited interaction between people affected by breast cancer, research nurses, scientists and clinicians. We are hugely grateful to Val Speirs and her team for hosting the day, to all the speakers for giving us their time. A brief account of the day follows with links to the presentations given. (See photos on left)


Val Speirs Reader in Cellular Pathology, LIMM/University of Leeds talked about the collection & use of tissue and its value to cell biology, in particular, the need for access to appropriate and annotated clinical material to make significant new progress in breast cancer research. This need was identified in the Breast Cancer Campaign Gap Analysis and has lead to the Breast Cancer Campaign Tissue Bank initiative. The mission statement for which is: To provide, in partnership with Campaign, highly specialised breast cancer related biomaterials to support cutting-edge translational research for the benefit of the patient


Debbie Holliday Research Fellow, LIMM/University of Leeds talked about the Development of laboratory models to study Breast Cancer. She has designed a 3 dimensional (3D) human model of breast cancer which includes the 3 major cell types involved in breast cancer: Tumour cells, Myoepithelial cells (protector cells) and Fibroblasts (tumour helper cells). These cells are grown in culture conditions which resemble those in the body ie grown in 3D rather than on a plastic Petri dish.


Laura Smith Research Fellow, LIMM/University of Leeds talked about using this 3D model to study radio-resistance in Breast Cancer. The main aim is to enable better patient selection for radiotherapy like the Oestrogen Receptor for Tamoxifen therapy and HER2 for Herceptin therapy. Nothing analogous is available to guide radiotherapy. The questions that can be asked using this 3D model are: Why do some cancers respond well to radiotherapy whilst others do not? What factors are involved? Testing radio-sensitizing drugs? Laura's study is particularly focusing on the effects of radiotherapy on Fibroblasts


Aidan Hindley GIFT Tissue Bank Nurse, University of Leeds/LTHT talked about the whole body bank called GIFT based at the University of Leeds - Making a GIFT for the future


Rob Coleman Professor & Honorary Consultant Medical Oncologist, Academic Unit of Clinical Oncology, Weston Park Hospital, Sheffield Talked about Breast Cancer and Bone Health: Normal Bone Health, Impact of Cancer Therapies on Bone Health, Therapeutic Strategies and Management Guidelines.


Raj Achuthan Consultant Breast and Oncoplastic Surgeon, Leeds General Infirmary talked about Different methods of breast reconstruction. He discussed the advantages and disadvantages of immediate versus delayed breast reconstruction and also the different types of reconstruction available.

Dave Ardron, Chair NCRI Consumer Liaison Group, spoke to us about the NCRI and welcomed the formation of our group. He said he wished he had a similar group to call upon for clinical trials in lung cancer.


Lucy Ziegler Research Fellow, St James's Institute of Oncology, University of Leeds consulted us on the measures of emotional distress she is developing with the COMPASS collaboration.


Steven Pollock & Michele Cummings then took us on a tour of the laboratories connected with the tissue bank. We saw some of the cells they use in their 3D model and also the digital imaging setup which was all very impressive


Click here for copies of presentations and reports


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VOICE 2022

We are pleased to announce that the VOICE course will be residential and held at Barts Cancer Centre from 4-8 Sept. Click here for further details.


OPTIMA is a patient driven clinical study for people with hormone sensitive early breast cancer. 

OPTIMA aims to improve the way we make decisions about whom we offer chemotherapy to following surgery.
Check the website link for more information or listen to the short video to explain the trial.


Immunology Talk

On the 25th March we held an interactive talk and discussion on immunology.

The talk was given by Dr Edd James, Cancer Immunologist from the university of Southampton. The tallk is now available on YouTube - click here to listen. 


Long Term Survivor Study 

Continuum Life Sciences are looking for volunteers who have survived aggressive, difficult to treat cancer against all odds to take part in their Long-Term Survivor of Cancer Study. For more information and how you can join go to their website.


Save the planet and donate to ICPV - send ecards go tour Fundraising page for mor information.

FAST-Forward Trial Results

A one-week course of radiotherapy in fewer but larger daily doses was found to be as safe and effective as standard three-week therapy for women following surgery for early stage breast cancer. Trial results now published. Two ICPV members provided the PPI for this key trial. Full details can be found on the ICR Website.

ICPV Brighton Summer School Aug 2019

ICPV was once again hosted by SHORE-C at the University of Sussex. Click here for more info.

San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium, 2018

ICPV member Pat Fairbrother attended this event on an Alamo Foundation Scholarship. Click here to read her review.

Gap Analysis in Breast Surgery Published

The 2013 Breast Cancer Campaign gap analysis established breast cancer research priorities without a specific focus on surgical research or the role of surgeons on breast cancer research. This Review aims to identify opportunities and priorities for research in breast surgery to complement the 2013 gap analysis. Click here for more information

ICPV Review 2018
We have at last published a new edition of our review. This was achieved by a grant from Novartis. Click here for more information. 

Award for ICPV Member

Many congratulations to ICPV member Margaret Grayson. On 21 April 2018 she received the Iris Colvin Lifetime Achievement Award for Health, presented by the Women’s Forum of Northern Ireland. This is very well deserved for her tireless work in furthering cancer research especially in Northern Ireland.

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