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World Cup of Research: France vs Belgium

Spain, out. Germany, out. Argentina, out. Brazil, out. Portugal, out. The 2018 World Cup is well and truly wide open for the taking!

In the first of this year’s World Cup semi-finals, European heavyweights France take on the flair and quality of Belgium. Both teams have done well so far and it’s impossible to call which way this game is going to go. Extra incentive for both teams here as well because the winner will be in a final facing Croatia or England – two teams no one expected to reach this far in the competition.

In our own World Cup of Research, we also have two world-class teams from France and Belgium, both captained by a cancer research heavyweight. Let’s take a look at the line-up.



Dr Fisher leads a team at the Institute of Molecular Genetics in Montpelier where they are trying to block off a protein used by cancer cells to divide. They are trying to understand exactly how this protein allows cancer cells to divide, which could lead to the development of new ways to treat cancer.



Professor Blanpain is based at Universite Libre de Bruxelles, Brussels, is trying to work out what causes tumours to develop unique features that makes each tumour different. This is one of the reasons why some tumours are more aggressive than others, or why treatments don’t work the same for every patient, so they hope that a better understanding will help improve cancer care in the future.

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