In partnership with the University Hospitals of Leicester, we work with the local population to address the specific challenges of reducing cancer burden in the East Midlands.
This is primarily done through the infrastructure of the Genetics Outreach team within GENIE and with the Experimental Cancer Medicine Centre. At the present time we are focusing much of our effort on targeting families at the highest risk of cancer by our support through the Cancer MacMillan project and regular Patient Public Initiative (PPI) events which we host every three months.
We are also liaising with the local community through our Health Education Reaching Out (HERO) project which is part of the National Institute for Health Research Collaboration in Applied Health Research and Care for Leicestershire, Northamptonshire and Rutland (LNR-CLAHRC). HERO involves a number of cancer prevention workshops in schools, amongst high familial risk groups and within the local community.
These workshops are fun and interactive and provide people of various social and ethnic backgrounds with the insight to prevent and reduce their risk of developing chronic diseases, for example the benefits of regular exercise, a healthy diet and stress-free lifestyle.
We are very keen to support local fund raising events and also host visits of fundraisers and benefactors to our laboratories. If you would like support for your event from our scientists and clinicians, or would like to organise a visit, please contact Steph Moutrey, CRUK Centre Manager on SAL8@le.ac.uk or 0116 223 1658.