Find out what's going on at the front line of cancer research as ICR researchers — including PhD students, Post-Docs and Clinical Fellows — let you inside their labs and show you their science. This blog was previously named 'From bench to blog'
Science Writing Prize 2022 – Polygenic Risk Score
Dr Catherine Huntley explores the clinical potential of cancer risk scores in this piece shortlisted for the 2022 Mel Greaves Science Writing Prize.
Science Writing Prize 2022 – Even in death, there can be hope; utilising the post-mortem to advance brain tumour research
Dr Matt Clarke presents a case for the need to have difficult conversations with families about post-mortems to inform future medical advances in this winning piece of the 2022 Mel Greaves Science Writing Prize.
Science Writing Prize 2022 – Unsealing the terrarium
Dr Vivian Dimou uses a terrarium as a metaphor to describe the cancer ecosystem in this piece shortlisted for the 2022 Mel Greaves Science Writing Prize.
Visiting St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital – discovering different approaches to pathology and childhood cancer research
For National Pathology Week, Dr Matthew Clarke from our Glioma team, and a trainee neuropathologist, shares his experiences of visiting and learning from colleagues at the renowned St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in the US.
Science Writing Prize 2021 – Personal source code: leveraging personal proteogenomics for targeted cancer therapy
Dr James Wright covers the evolving field of proteogenomics and its future for targeted cancer therapies in this piece shortlisted for the 2021 Mel Greaves Science Writing Prize.
Science Writing Prize 2021 – The next big thing: diving into the ‘immunoverse’ to create novel and personalised cancer therapies
Dr Vivian Dimou explores the 'immunoverse' – the interplay between immune cells and their surrounding tissue environment – in this piece shortlisted for the 2021 Mel Greaves Science Writing Prize.
Science Writing Prize 2021 – Organoidsation
Jorge Almagro Santiago draws together differing perspectives on organoid science in this piece which won the 2021 Mel Greaves Science Writing Prize.
Science Writing Prize 2020 - Pushing the frontiers in onco-pathology: from microscopes to digital diagnostics
Nivedita Ravindran examines cutting edge digital pathology in this shortlisted entry for the 2020 Mel Greaves Science Writing Prize. Nivedita is a Higher Scientific Officer in the Division of Breast Cancer Research at the Institute of Cancer Research.
Science Writing Prize 2020 – A modern Homo universalis is at the forefront of science and medicine
Dr Vivian Dimou explores the importance and success of collaboration in research in this piece shortlisted for the 2020 Mel Greaves Science Writing Prize. Vivian is a postdoctoral training fellow in the Division of Cancer Therapeutics.
Science Writing Prize 2020 – (Cell) Death is not the end
The winner of the Mel Greaves Science Writing Prize for 2020, Dr Arnaud Legrand, explores the life and death of cells in this piece on the theme of 'Barriers and Breakthroughs' in cancer research. Arnaud is a post doctoral fellow in the Division of Breast Cancer Research at the Institute of Cancer Research, London.
Childhood brain tumours: From tissue samples to new treatment options
To mark Childhood Cancer Awareness Month, Diana Martins Carvalho, a post-doctoral training fellow in our Glioma Team, reflects on the vital support of families who generously donate tissue samples and funds, without which her research into childhood brain tumours would not be possible.
Science Writing Prize 2019 – The dangers of colorectal cancer
The winning entry in our 2019 Mel Greaves Science Writing Prize is by Dr Maxine Lam. Her thoughtful post shares her own personal experience with colorectal cancer following her father's diagnosis, and examines the reasons why it is so often picked up late.
Science Writing Prize 2019 – Made-to-order cancer treatments
This highly commended entry for the Mel Greaves Science Writing Prize is by PhD student Nithya Paranthaman. She discusses tumour organoids: lab-grown mini-tumours that mimic cancers in a patient's body. These tumours-in-a-dish could be used to screen drug combinations and tailor treatments to each patient.
Science Writing Prize 2019 - Sleep and cancer
The third runner-up for the Mel Greaves Science Writing Prize is Dr Samantha Nimalasena with a piece which discusses how our sleeping habits or lack thereof may be affecting our health.
Science Writing Prize 2019 – Therapies galore, yet cancer hasn’t a cure?
PhD student Varun Ramawamy, runner-up for the Mel Greaves Science Writing Prize muses on the search for a cancer 'cure' in the second post of this five part series.
Science Writing Prize 2019 – The war on cancer: keep your enemies close
In the first of five blog posts by the winner and runners-up of the Mel Greaves Science Writing Prize, Dr Amit Samani, runner-up, follows cancer research through the last 50 years to the new challenges today.
Tackling cancer evolution and resistance in our new Centre for Cancer Drug Discovery
Fiona Want is a second-year PhD student in our Division of Cancer Therapeutics. She is working to understand APOBEC proteins, and help develop what ICR researchers believe will be the world’s first family of drugs to target cancer’s ability to evolve and become resistant to treatment. Fiona will be moving along with her team into the ICR’s new Centre for Cancer Drug Discovery next year, working alongside drug discovery researchers and evolutionary scientists to focus on meeting the pressing challenge of cancer evolution and drug resistance.
Making precision medicine a reality for children with cancer
Joshua Freedman is a third-year PhD student in our Division of Radiotherapy and Imaging. In this blog post, he describes his research to help develop new approaches to support treatment planning and guidance on the MR Linac, a revolutionary new type of radiotherapy machine which is currently being applied for the first time in the UK on patients.
Science Writing Prize 2018 – Cancer in your coffee
The winner of the Mel Greaves Science Writing Prize 2018, recently graduated PhD student Alice King, looks at whether there is any scientific basis behind media headlines about the causes of cancer.
Science Writing Prize 2018 – When your parent is diagnosed with cancer
Hannah Brewer, a PhD student in the Division of Genetics and Epidemiology and runner-up in the Science Writing Prize 2018, shares the story of her mother's cancer diagnosis.
Science Writing Prize 2018 – Eating our way out of cancer
In the second of our series of blog posts by the winner and runners-up of the Mel Greaves Science Writing Prize 2018, Dr Maxine Lam discusses how diet affects cancer.
Science Writing Prize 2018 – The human microbiome and cancer: friend or foe?
In the first of four blog posts by the winner and runners-up of the Mel Greaves Science Writing Prize 2018, Dr Samantha Nimalasena, runner-up, writes about how our own microbiomes and immune systems can be used to tackle cancer.
Training as an oncologist in a top-quality research environment: an ICR clinical student shares their experiences
During this year's Teaching Week, Dr Sumeet Hindocha, an MSc student in Oncology and an NIHR Academic Clinical Fellow in Clinical Oncology at The Institute of Cancer Research, introduces some of the benefits and challenges of training simultaneously in a clinical and research environment.
Light, sound… image! Photoacoustic imaging for cancer treatment
Photoacoustic imaging is an emergent technology that uses a mixture of light and sound to generate images. PhD student Dr Márcia Costa, from the ICR’s Department of Radiotherapy and Imaging, gives an introduction to this exciting technology – and to our work to develop it for use in cancer treatment.