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University Hosts Crocus Cancer Treatment Lecture

23 May 13


On Wednesday 5 June 2013, two of the brightest minds in Bradford's fight against cancer; Professor of Drug Discovery Laurence Patterson and Professor Jim McCaul, Consultant Maxillofacial Surgeon at Bradford THFT, will discuss the future of cancer treatments.

In 2011 the University of Bradford unveiled a new cancer treatment derived from colchicine, a natural compound occurring in the autumn crocus plant, indigenous in the UK. This cancer medicine, now under development in clinical trials, has been dubbed a ‘smart bomb’, because it only becomes active and detonates when in contact with an enzyme found in solid tumours, sparing healthy tissue.

The lecture entitled “How a crocus could treat cancer: The importance of targeting cancer treatment and the positive impact treatment developments could have on Bradford”, will look at the science behind the smart bomb, the importance of research in developing cancer treatments, anticipated future developments in treatment and the impact treatment development can have to our Bradford District communities.

It will also be an opportunity to discover more about the Bradford Crocus Cancer Appeal a local charitable initiative between the University, the Telegraph & Argus, Yorkshire Cancer Research and the Sovereign Healthcare Charitable Trust which aims to raise £1m to increase the pace at which we can discover cancer medicines of the future.

The lecture will take place in the Norcroft Centre at the University of Bradford, registration and networking from 5:30pm, for a prompt 6pm start. Tickets are free but must be booked in advance by emailing events@bradford.ac.uk or calling 01274 236772.

23 May 13

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Out of office hours call 07879 437996. Alternatively, e-mail press@bradford.ac.uk or fax on (01274) 236280.