June 2013

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almond 08 DSC_4547Professor Matthew Almond has been made a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.  Senior Fellowship confers national recognition on those in Higher Education who provide evidence of a sustained record of effectiveness in relation to teaching and learning, incorporating, the organisation, leadership and management of specific aspects of teaching and learning provision. Senior Fellows are experienced members of staff able to demonstrate impact and influence through responsibility for leading and organising programmes and who act as subject mentors supporting those new to teaching.  They must have wide teaching and learning responsibilities within their institution.

Professor Rainer Cramer in the Dept of Chemistry, a PhD Student Brian Flatley, and Mr Peter Malone (Consultant Urological Surgeon and Group Director, Planned Care, at RBH have have been collaborating for the last 4 years on the discovery of new biomarkers in prostate and penile cancer, one of the most common and one of the rarest cancers.  Brian was able to identify a new diagnostic biomarker candidate in each cancer and a new method that shows improved performance in detecting prostate cancer using blood and urine samples obtained from patients at the RBH.  The ultimate objective of this collaboration is to improve early detection of men’s cancer by using less invasive sample collection methods such as blood or urine collection and providing the clinicians with more powerful cancer markers.”

For further information, please see the article in the local Get Reading paper

http://www.getreading.co.uk/lifestyle/health_and_beauty/s/2134463_joining_forces_to_develop_prostate_cancer_test