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How your support helps young scientists

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Back in 2017, we formed a partnership with the European Association for Cancer Research (EACR) to help support young scientists in the early stages of their careers. Together, we give early-career cancer researchers the chance to apply for a "Meeting Bursary" of up to €500 to further their knowledge by attending international cancer meetings in the EACR Conference Series. Cancer knows no boundaries – and neither do the researchers working tirelessly to find the answers to such a devastating disease. These fellowships help bring the research world even closer together. We caught up with two scientists awarded a bursary to find out how it has helped them.

Irene Fernández-Duran

PhD student, Edinburgh Cancer Research Centre, University of Edinburgh, UK

Irene works at the Edinburgh Cancer Research Centre, based at the University of Edinburgh in Scotland, where the focus of her current research is on investigating the role of a specific protein involved in cell division and the development of tumours.

Irene explained: “By unveiling basic molecular mechanisms of proteins and genes that are associated with cancer, we want to shine a light on the complexity of cancer, and identify potentially new ways that the disease could be targeted with treatments.”

“The EACR-Worldwide Cancer Research bursary allowed me to attend the conference "A Matter of Life or Death" held in Amsterdam. Here I was able to find out about cutting-edge advances in research into how cells control when and how they die – a mechanism important in cancer and treatment of the disease.”

“Being able to attend conferences such as this is crucial for early-stage researchers such as myself. It give us an opportunity to share our own findings, receive feedback from other scientists in our field and develop our careers through learning and meeting other researchers from around the world.”

“I want to say thank you to every person who has donated to Worldwide Cancer Research and enabled me to attend this conference. You are an essential part of cancer research”.

Purba Nag

PhD student, QIMR Berghofer Research Institute in Brisbane, Australia

Purba is a PhD student at QIMR Berghofer Medical Research Institute, supported by Griffith University in Brisbane Australia, studying two key biological molecules that protect DNA from damage and so help to prevent cancer-causing genetic mutations from arising. Purba received the EACR-Worldwide Cancer Research bursary to attend the “Radiation Break-through 2018” conference held in Oxford, UK.

Purba said: “The bursary enabled me to go to this conference by helping me to cover my accommodation and some part of my flight tickets to the UK. The conference was great for my career and research since there are not many researchers in Australia working specifically on my area of work. I was able to interact with so many pioneers in the field and the overall experience was amazing. It was great to talk to people that understood and cared about my research.”

“Thank you so much to the supporters from the Worldwide Cancer Research. If not for them, it wouldn't have been possible for me to get this wonderful experience of meeting cancer researchers from all over the world.”

Science Communications Manager

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