Spotlight on: Prostate Cancer UK's research webinar series

‘Spotlight on...’ is our new series of virtual webinars designed to offer you bite size opportunities to expand your knowledge on specific areas of prostate cancer research. In each 60-minute session you’ll hear from experts in the field and have the chance to ask questions, share ideas and network.

We'll run a series of 7-8 weekly webinars focused on a theme. Our first theme is 'Tissue and pre-clinical models'. Future themes will include 'Exploiting the androgen receptor' and 'Pathways beyond the androgen receptor'. If you have any suggestions for future sessions or themes please contact the Research Team

If you are an early career researcher working on a Prostate Cancer UK funded project and would like the opportunity to chair or present a Spotlight on… webinar, please contact the Research Team 

Read on for more details on the webinars planned for the current theme. 

Spotlight on...the Research Team

In the first webinar of this series, we’ll introduce you to Prostate Cancer UK’s Research Team, discuss the upcoming webinar series, talk you through our grant application process and give an update on our current plans including future funding opportunities.

Date: Thursday 4 March

Time: 11-12 noon

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Spotlight on...accessing tissue

In this webinar we will be shining the spotlight on accessing patient tissue for research work. 

Dr Richard Bryant from Oxford University will be joined by Dr Tim Kendall from the University of Edinburgh to discuss considerations for accessing tissue for pre-clinical research.

This session will be chaired by Dr Ian Lewis, Head of Strategy and Initiatives from NCRI.

Date: Thursday 11 March

Time: 3-4pm

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Spotlight on...replacement, refinement and reduction

Join us as we discuss the use of replacement, refinement and reduction in in vivo research. In this webinar we will be joined by Dr Katie Bates, Head of Research Funding from NC3R and Dr Chris Armstrong from Overwatch Research.

Date: Thursday 18 March

Time: 3-4pm

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Spotlight on...using tissue ex vivo

This week we’ll be joined by Dr Susan Heavey from University College London who will describe her ex vivo pipeline. Susan will be joined by Dr Michael Ladomery, University West of England and Mr Ben Simpson, University College London who have used the pipeline in their work.

Date: Thursday 25 March

Time: 3-4pm

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Spotlight on…patient derived xenografts

This week we’ll be joined by experts in generating patient derived xenografts. Professor Nora Navone, MD Anderson, Professor Wytske van Weerden and Dr Annelies Van Hemelryk from Erasmus MC will discuss their models. Professor Richard Clarkson and Dr Helen Pearson will also discuss their experience of developing a PDX library.

Date: Thursday 1 April

Time: 3-4pm

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Spotlight on…organoids

This week we’ll be joined by Dr Amanda Swain, Institute of Cancer Research and Dr Rakesh Heer, University of Newcastle as we shine the spotlight on organoids. Amanda will talk us through her library of organoids with different mutational signatures and Rakesh will describe his work developing organoids from primary tissue.


Date: Wednesday 7 April

Time: 3-4pm

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Spotlight on…in vivo models

Join us as we discuss the use of in vivo models with Dr Esther Baena, CRUK Manchester Institute, The University of Manchester and Professor Cory Abate-Shen, Columbia University. In this session we will explore novel models of prostate cancer that can be utilised for investigating the molecular basis of the disease as well as evaluating new therapies.

Date: Thursday 15 April

Time: 3-4pm

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Spotlight on…cell lines

This week we'll be joined by Dr Luke Gaughan from Newcastle University and (TBC) as we discuss new technologies in cell lines. Luke will talk about his experience of using CRISPR and how this technology has driven his research forward.

Date: Thursday 22 April

Time: 3-4pm

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