Leicester Precision Medicine Institute News

LPMI's Professor Jacqui Shaw interview.Professor Jacqui Shaw interview for Mexico TV

LPMI's Professor Jacqui Shaw discussing the Implementation of liquid biopsy testing for management of breast cancer in Mexico as part of the British Council Newton Links Institutional Award. The project will become the foundation to incorporate genomic tests for cancer in Mexico, helping to close the gap in health disparity and providing ethnically diverse data on cancer genomics that will be useful for the wider scientific community worldwide.

AI opportunities in Precision Medicine.

On Monday 26th march, 19 academics from across the College of Life Sciences met to discuss opportunities to develop novel AI applications in Precision Medicine for patient benefit.

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Professor Jacqui Shaw talks to the Guardian.

Article about detecting cancer from a 'liquid biopsy'.

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Midlands AMS Research Festival 27th March 2019 - call for abstracts in the areas of Cancer, Diabetes, Respiratory Sciences

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Congratulations to Professor Jacqui Shaw Professor Jacqui Shaw LPMI University of LeicesterLPMI Director is one of BioBeat’s 50 Movers and Shakers for 2018.

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Call for abstracts in the areas of Cancer, Diabetes, Respiratory Sciences - Midlands AMS Research Festival 2019

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LPMI committee member, Professor Gerry Gerry McCannMcCann is awarded prestigious research professorship

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The newly published Allocations Booklet sets out how all government science, research and innovation budgets have been allocated until the end of the current Spending Review (March 2021).

The increase announced in Autumn Statement 2016 of additional National Productivity Investment Funding is included in the publication.

Read the Allocations Booklet here

Read the Gov.uk press release here

The Midlands Innovation Commercialisation of Research Accelerator (MICRA) project gets underway by publishing its first IP Opportunities listing.

Through MICRA, Midlands Innovation is establishing the UK's largest, formal technology transfer office collaboration, with the ambition to create a single gateway to the collective Intellectual Property (IP) resources of the eight Midlands Innovation universities.

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LPMI's Dr Riddhi Shukla is a 'Co-sector Lead' for this years Leicester Business Festival

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Article about detecting cancer from a 'liquid biopsy'.

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Improving diagnosis of the causes of heart failure. Lpmi read more news

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New LPMI Funding Call Launched

The latest LPMI capacity building funding call is now open! Closing date 12.00 (noon) Wed 3rd Sept 2018

We are interested in supporting projects (UoL applicants only) that develop novel methods for patient stratification, new diagnostics and/or therapeutic interventions that will improve the implementation of precision medicine.

The current call particularly encourages applications encompassing Heath Data Research, personalised medicine approaches for multi-ethnic populations and projects using multi-omic methodologies.

Application can be downloaded here

Latest funding opportunity from Office of Life Sciences and Innovate UK

The funding competition SME support to evaluate innovative medical technologies: round 2 opened for applications 02 July 2018. SMEs can apply for a share of £1.5 million to support the evaluation, in a real world clinical setting, of innovative medical devices, diagnostics and regulated digital health products that address NHS priorities.

Key details to consider in potential partnering:

For each grant award there can only be a single grant claimant and they must be an SME

Any work carried out by universities or NHS is on a subcontracted basis (not as a collaborative partner)

Eligible products must be CE marked before the application is made

The product must be available for sale in the UK before the application is made

The product cannot have been marketed in the UK for more than 5 years
Application deadline is 22 August 2018, 12:00pm



Professor Karen BrownProfessor Karen Brown talks about tamoxifen and breast cancer prevention on BBC radio 4 Inside Health


Listen to our Director Prof. Jacqui ShawProfessor Jacqui Shaw LPMI University of Leicester on the BBC World Service discussing the latest news on a blood test to detect 10 different cancers


Prof. Jacqui Shaw talks about the important roleJacqui Shaw speaking at World Precision Medicine Congress of liquid biopsies in cancer at the World Precision Medicine Congress


LPMI members attend IAX18.

See more information and pictures here.


IAX LPMI Group Carl Edwards at IAX

Ruth Barber at IAX Mike Sullivan at IAX LPMI


Martin Tobin at the All Party Parliamentary Group on Personalised Medicine

LPMI representation at the All Party Parliamentary Group on Personalised Medicine

Prof Martin Tobin represented LPMI at a reception for the All Party Parliamentary Group on Personalised Medicine meeting on Wed 2nd May. The purpose of the group is to ensure that patients benefit from new and exciting medical innovations aimed at delivering personalised health care.

Key areas of interest to the party map well with areas of excellence in precision medicine in Leicester including the development and implementation of personalised medicine approaches in the treatment of lung cancer, cardiovascular disease and diabetes.

For more information about the meeting please visit http://www.personalisedmedicineappg.org/events/10

Great funding opportunity to help tackle a key global health challenge.



Leicester tops the UK league for the increase in digital start up companies


£1M funding to support academics engaging with industry

Increasing collaboration between the healthcare sector and academia to drive translational biomedical research


Capacity-building Funding Call

Capacity-building call for Precision Medicine Projects - providing flexible funding of up to £30K/project to drive precision medicine projects forward for up to 6 months. Come along to the funding call launch to find out more about LPMI and how to apply for funding on Wed 29th Nov 2017 at 13.15-14.00 in the George Davies Centre - Lecture Theatre 2 (see below for more detail). For funding applications please download and complete proforma below. Forms should be submitted to LPMI@Leicester.ac.uk before 12.00 (noon) Wed 3rd Jan 2018.


East Midlands life sciences researchers and GSK launch medicines discovery collaboration for lung disease

The Universities of Leicester and Nottingham have announced a new strategic research collaboration with GSK, using genetics to aid the development of new medicines for Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) and related airway disorders. The £1.24m investment over three years provides an East Midlands-focused boost to the Life Sciences Sector Deal of the UK Government’s Industrial Strategy

Tumour analysis following surgery could provide breakthrough in predicting how well cancer patients respond to drug treatment

Life sciences: industrial strategy published 30 August 2017.

Chief Medical Officer annual report 2016: Generation Genome published 4 July 2017.

Professor Louise Wain has been awarded a personal Chair (Professorship) and a £400,000 grant to conduct ground-breaking research into two incurable lung conditions - chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF). The prestigious award was jointly funded by the university, the British Lung Foundation, and GSK.

International league table ranks Leicester among top 50 universities in the world for clinical medicine

The emerging blood test helping to spot cancer earlier

University Involved in a New Trial to Fight Cancer Caused by Asbestos

University of Leicester receives biggest ever gift from an individual - £2.7 million - for transformative kidney research

NIHR Biomedical Research Centre opens in Leicester

Simple urine test could stop ‘lung attacks’ and transform the lives of people with COPD

Asthma pill could reduce symptoms in severe sufferers

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