Leading cancer expert to discuss revolutions in treatment

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Professor Richard Bayliss to deliver Frank May Prize Lecture at University of Leicester on Monday 10 November

Pioneering research into how best to fight different forms of cancer will be discussed at this year’s free public Frank May Prize Lecture 2014 on Monday 10 November between 5:30 – 6:30pm at the Henry Wellcome Building, University of Leicester.

During the event Professor Richard Bayliss from the University’s Department of Biochemistry will give a lecture titled ‘Molecular medicine: from genes to structures to drugs’, where he will discuss how diseases such as cancer are caused and how modern drugs are capable of combatting them.

Professor Bayliss said: “We now understand that diseases such as cancer are caused by malfunctions in one or more of the thousands of different types of protein molecules from which the human body is made.

“Modern approaches to drug discovery harness our knowledge of the molecular basis of disease to develop novel precision drugs that target cancer proteins specifically. Molecular analysis enables doctors to identify which cancer proteins are present in each patient. Personalised medicine, in which therapy is tailored to an individual patient, is revolutionising the treatment of cancer.

“My team studies the molecular structures of cancer proteins and their interactions with drugs in development. We work towards understanding the mechanisms of cancer at a molecular level. In partnership with other scientists, we develop precision drugs that are tailored to individual cancer proteins. Molecular structures help us to predict how well patients might respond to new drugs under clinical investigation.”

The lecture will include examples of the team’s work in areas such as the structures of cancer proteins, rational design of cancer drugs, molecular determinants of drug sensitivity and prediction of patient response.

The Frank May Prize was endowed by Dr Frank May MBE. The prize is based on evidence of research excellence during the previous two years and evidence of outstanding promise for the future. It is awarded in competition in the University of Leicester College of Medicine, Biological Sciences and Psychology. To encourage and reward medical research Dr May has also established a biennial lecture given by a national or international speaker to an invited audience.

Dr May’s association with the University of Leicester dates back to 1982, when he was recommended to the University by the late Dr Mac Goldsmith and was appointed to the University Council in the 1980s. He is a patron of arts and music both at the University and throughout the City of Leicester. Over more than 20 years he has been Trustee of the Medical Research Foundation (Medisearch), set up in the 1970s to support research within the Leicestershire teaching hospitals and the Medical School.

He is the first life President of the Medical Research Foundation and has held a number of Home Office appointments. Dr May was awarded an MBE in 1994 and the Freedom of the City of Leicester in 2001.

The event takes place between 5:30 – 6:30pm on Monday 10 November in the Frank and Katherine May Lecture Theatre at the Henry Wellcome Building, Lancaster Road, University of Leicester, which will be followed by a drinks reception in the same building.

To attend please register your interest by contacting Danielle Benyon-Payne on dmrbp1@le.ac.uk

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For more information please contact Danielle Benyon-Payne on dmrbp1@le.ac.uk

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