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Decoding Cancer: Tackling Breast Cancer with More Precision

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ABOUT THE TALK

Breast cancer is the third most common cancer in Ireland and the most frequently diagnosed malignant tumour in Irish women. While considerable success has been achieved in relation to the detection and treatment of breast cancer, we still have some hurdles to overcome. Crucially, breast cancer is not just one disease, but rather a collection of different subtypes with varying responses to treatment. We are increasingly moving towards treating breast cancer on an individualised basis, which is also called 'Precision Medicine'. There is an increasing shift towards using more targeted anti-cancer drugs, which tackle key biological differences within the various subtypes of breast cancer.

This 'Decoding Cancer' talk will highlight some of the recent advances in the treatment of breast cancer, as well as the emerging opportunities for the development of sophisticated diagnostic tools that bring the hope of improving treatment options and improving outcomes for women.


ABOUT THE SPEAKER

Professor William Gallagher is Director of the UCD Conway Institute, Professor of Cancer Biology in the UCD School of Biomolecular & Biomedical Science and Director of the Irish Cancer Society Collaborative Cancer Research Centre BREAST-PREDICT.

His research is mainly focused on the identification of ‘biomarkers’ in breast cancer and melanoma, markers on tumour cells which can indicate tumour aggressiveness or the likelihood of good response to treatment. Prof. Gallagher has worked in both academia and industry throughout his career, and is also co-founder (and Chief Scientific Officer) of OncoMark Ltd, a spin-out company which was recently awarded funding from the EU and investors to develop a novel breast cancer diagnostic assay, called OncoMasTR. Prof. Gallagher has an international track record in oncology research, with 181 publications in cancer research, and 9 patents. He has co-ordinated numerous large research programmes, and leveraged funding totaling >€69 million over the course of his career to date. Prof. Gallagher is extremely passionate about participation in outreach programmes, having facilitated work experience for students, school visits for Science Week, and several Public and Patient Involvement in Research (PPI) events such as the recent ‘UCD Patient Voice in Cancer Research’. He has received numerous accolades throughout his career, including the St. Luke’s Silver Medal and the NovaUCD Innovation Award. He was recently awarded the inaugural Irish Association of Cancer Research Medal in recognition of his contribution to cancer research in Ireland.


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