North West Cancer Research
North West Cancer Research are the only independent cancer research charity fighting the toughest cancers in North West England and North Wales. Since funding their very first research project in 1980, they have always been at the forefront of life-saving cancer research. More than thirty six years’ later and they are still funding some of the best cancer research at the University of Liverpool, Bangor University and Lancaster University. As a charity they have committed to funding more than £12.3million worth of cancer research projects over the next five years; and support hundreds of clinicians, doctors and students in the fields of basic, translational and clinical research.
Their promise is simple. They only support the best local medical research, to stop cancer sooner. They can only do this thanks to our amazing supporters, who to date, have helped to raise millions of pounds for cancer research. As a result, patients and their loved-ones are benefitting from their world-class medical research today. Thanks to advances in research half of all people diagnosed with cancer survive. There is still a long way to go, which is why the fight against cancer has never been so important. With your help we will stop cancer sooner.
The Holly Blue Butterfly
The butterfly that encompasses our identity and values is known throughout the world as a symbol of hope. It is our hope and purpose to find the causes of cancer.
This particular species of butterfly, the Holly Blue, has a long lifespan and flies high above its natural habitat. This symbolises our high standards and our lengthy experience within the research world.
After last years’ Christmas Wirral Bazaar, the total raised by the Committee has reached over £290K for North West Cancer Research (nwcr) since their inception. Over the last two years, the committee have been putting the monies raised towards our current research into Ovarian Cancer and have been strong supporters of our O-Very Campaign after visiting the labs in our research centre.
The O-Very Campaign
The research carried out by Dr Neville Cobbe, Dr Daimark Bennett and Dr John A Green is a project close to the hearts of the ladies and one that has tremendous synergy with the group, the project costs £116,134.50 over 2 years, so all monies raised from the event is going to only the highest class of quality research.
In extensive genetic screens, we identified a number of genes with direct human counterparts that affect invasive cell migration in the Drosophila ovary. Several of these genes are part of a well-characterised network of proteins relaying signals to each other, which is amenable to drug treatment. At the centre of this network is TOR, an enzyme that adds a phosphate to other proteins and thereby regulates processes in cells such as their growth, proliferation, survival and movement.Our ultimate goal is to develop novel drug treatments or therapeutic strategies that can prevent the spread of tumours, especially in patients where cancer has come back after previous treatment.