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International recognition for PCRF PhD student

International recognition for PCRF PhD student

18 April 2013

Stacey Coleman, a PCRF-funded PhD student at Barts Cancer Institute, has been chosen to present her research into pancreatic cancer at the renowned Digestive Diseases Week (DDW) conference in May.

Taking place in Orlando, Florida, DDW is the world’s largest gathering of physicians and researchers in the fields of gastroenterology, hepatology, endoscopy and gastrointestinal surgery, with thousands of delegates and a large and varied programme of seminars and presentations.

Stacey’s presentation, ‘Nuclear translocation of FGFR1 and FGF2 in pancreatic stellate cells is necessary for pancreatic cancer cell invasion’, was selected from the many abstracts submitted – a prestigious achievement for a PhD student. “The judges selected my work for an oral presentation as opposed to a poster presentation, which is fantastic as there would have been stiff competition,” says Stacey. “I have presented at a conference before, but not an international one. It’s a great, if nerve-wracking, opportunity to share the work I’ve been doing with a large audience.”

Supervised by Dr Hemant Kocher and Dr Richard Grose, Stacey has been researching the signalling pathway between the stroma (scar-like tissue that surrounds pancreatic tumours) and the tumour. By targeting the stroma and inhibiting the stellate cells within the stroma which cause the cancer cells to grow, Stacey hopes to prevent the cancer cells spreading outside of the stroma. “It’s an invaluable opportunity to share what we’ve found and get feedback from the international science community,” says Stacey. “I’m looking forward to interacting and networking with colleagues from around the world, but I’m a little nervous about the questions I’ll be asked after my presentation, so I’ll be practising answers to all the ones I can think of!”

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