FORCE continues to fund an on-going, extremely productive programme of Cancer Research in Exeter. The results have been published internationally and widely presented at conferences both at home and abroad. The research has lead to considerable scientific collaboration, to the attraction of further external funding, and probably most importantly, through the research studentships funded by FORCE, provided vital training for cancer researchers of the future.
FORCE-funded research is directed and supervised by a team of scientists and clinicians; all of whom are researchers with the Peninsula Medical School here in Exeter. Specifically, this includes Dr Jacqueline Whatmore, a cell biologist, Dr Nick Gutowski a consultant neurologist and Mr Nigel Acheson, a consultant gynaecological oncologist who are both based at the Royal Devon and Exeter Healthcare Trust. The involvement of both basic scientists and consultant physicians ensures that the research is not only scientifically rigorous but also, importantly, that it is clinically relevant.
This exciting work currently involves two doctoral students, researching into two major areas.
An investigation into the mechanisms involved in the formation of brain metastases
Investigations into the mechanisms involved in secondary spread of ovarian cancer