We are delighted to annouce that Dr Amelie Juin has won this year's Beatson Advanced Imaging Resource (BAIR) competition to find the most striking microscopy image generated within the facility. Her image shows a spiral of HUVECs stained with phalloidin and contactin. Many thanks to Nikon UK who generously sponsored the competiton, providing a state of the art digital camera as the prize.
Congratulations to Dr Saadia Karim and Dr David Vincent, who are both researchers here at the Beatson, on their very well deserved Cancer Research UK Flame of Hope Special Commendations. These are recognition of all of their research engagement activities over the years, which have helped explain the work we do to our funders and members of the public as well as inspire the next generation of scientists and doctors.
Congratulations to Professor Jim Norman who has been appointed as the Deputy Director of the Cancer Research UK Beatson Institute, with immediate effect.
Jim, who has been at the Beatson since October 2005, will support Owen Sansom in his role as Director as well as continuing to be a key member of our senior management team.
Prior to joining the Beatson, Jim was a Lecturer at Leicester University and also held several postdoc positions at a number of highly acclaimed universities including Cambridge and UCL. Jim's research is internationally recognised as being at the forefront in the field of integrin recycling and cell motility, and he will continue to lead his group in this important area of research.
We are delighted to announce that Professor Owen Sansom has been appointed as the next Director of the Cancer Research UK Beatson Institute, with immediate effect. Owen has been Interim Director for the past year, since the departure of Karen Vousden to take up the role of Chief Scientist of CRUK. Everyone at the Beatson Institute joins in congratulating Owen on this appointment and looks forward to working with him to drive the Institute to ever greater levels of success.
Profile of Professor Sansom
In a research career spanning just 16 years, Owen has already published over 235 papers and made major contributions to understanding some of the key molecular drivers of epithelial cancer.
Owen received his PhD from the University of Edinburgh in 2001 before continuing his postdoctoral research using in vivo models of cancer at the University of Cardiff. In 2005, he established his own laboratory at the CRUK Beatson Institute in Glasgow. Since then, Owen has been instrumental in determining the molecular hallmarks of colorectal cancer. This has included defining the roles of the tumour suppressor protein APC and the WNT signalling pathway as well as the involvement of intestinal stem cells in tumourigenesis. His laboratory uses both in vivo and 3D in vitro models to recapitulate colorectal and pancreatic cancers to investigate the molecular mechanisms underpinning tumourigenesis and to identify novel drug targets. More recently, Owen's work in pancreatic cancer has focused on using in vivo models to stratify patient therapy and to understand how combinatorial therapies targeting both the tumour and surrounding tissues may lead to better therapies.
Owen has also played an important leadership and management role at the CRUK Beatson Institute, particularly in ensuring its researchers are able to access the most sophisticated genetically engineered models of cancer. In 2011, he was appointed Deputy Director of the Institute and has been acting as Interim Director since July 2016. He also leads the CRUK Glasgow Centre, which aims to translate findings from the laboratory into the clinic for the benefit of cancer patients.
In 2007, Owen won the BACR/AstraZeneca Young Scientist Frank Rose Award in recognition of his contributions to translational cancer research and in 2012 he was awarded the CRUK Future Leaders in Cancer Research Prize for his outstanding achievements. He was also elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh in 2012 and a Fellow of the Academy of Medical Sciences in 2017.
Earlier this week, we were delighted to welcome undergraduate students from the Utrecht Biology Association (UBV) to the Institute. Laura Machesky, Dave Bryant, Sara Zanivan and Alexei Vazquez gave talks about their career paths and current research. The students then toured the building and had lunch with PhD students Anh Le, Sarah Jane Remak and Jiska van der Reest. We hope the students found their visit interesting - we certainly enjoyed the lively discussions with them and hope they enjoy rest of their visit to Scotland.
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