Cancer Studies student wins award at Midlands Academy of Medical Sciences Research Festival
Third year Cancer Studies student Esraa Al Dujaily presented her poster titled “Statin use is associated with lower pro-tumourigenic (M2) macrophage number in the microenvironment of in situ versus invasive lung adenocarcinoma”. The Poster won Best Poster which is a prestigious prize for a student to win.
This year’s festival took place at the University of Warwick on Friday 31 March 2017 and is for clinical and non-clinical doctoral and postdoctoral researchers. The event offered various workshops exploring Skills for Early Career Researchers including communication and presentation workshops and provided networking opportunities. The workshop showcased the pioneering research in medical and life sciences from across the Universities of Birmingham, Keele, Loughborough, Nottingham, Warwick and, of course, Leicester.
Esraa’s work is supervised by Prof. Catrin Pritchard and Dr John LeQuesne and is investigating the possibility of using statins, which are cholesterol modulating agents, as cancer preventive agents through their anti-inflammatory effects. Esraa presented the first comprehensive automated assay to count, phenotype and study the anatomical distribution of tumour associated macrophages in human lung adenocarcinoma in relation to statin use. The assay found that statin use has a significant effect on reducing M2 protumourigenic tumor-associated macrophages number in early disease. The study highlights the potential of statins as cancer-preventive agents for human lung adenocarcinoma, a deadly disease with poor survival outcomes.
Congratulations to Esraa from everybody at the University of Leicester!