£15,000 boost for breast cancer research

The University of Brighton has received a £15,000 grant to find a way to stop the body preventing some breast cancer treatments from working.

Scientists have discovered that some people have a gene variation that not only inhibits some cancer treatments but also increases the risk of cancer recurrence.

The new funding is from Team Verrico which supports cutting edge research into new or improved treatments for cancer. The volunteer charity is named after Anna Verrico, a mum of two who died from triple negative breast cancer in 2013. The national charity also supports poorly parents with second opinions in Harley Street and offers counselling to families affected by cancer.

The funding will explore the relationship between receptors on the surface of cells called ADRB2, and cancer. When someone is diagnosed with breast cancer the resulting stress releases adrenaline and noradrenaline hormones which bind to ADRB2 on the surface of the cancer cells. This can stop some cancer treatments, including chemotherapy, from working.

The University’s team comprises Dr Melanie Flint, Reader in Cancer Biology; Dr Caroline Garrett, Human Tissue Governance Manager; Dr Greg Scutt, Principal Lecturer; and Dr Andrew Overall, Senior Lecturer, all from the School of Pharmacy and Biomolecular Sciences. Read More

Try out teaching on a paid summer internship. Apply by 13 May. 

The University of Brighton Academies Trust in partnership with the University of Brighton is offering paid internships in four Sussex secondary schools for 4-weeks this summer. This opportunity could help you gain valuable experience teaching maths or physics if you are considering teaching as a career. 

As an intern you will be paid £300 a week and you can apply for this opportunity if you are in the penultimate year of a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering or Maths) subject undergraduate degree. 

Activities may include working with experienced teachers on planning, shadowing and lesson observations; helping plan and deliver lessons; running projects and master classes for pupils and providing small group support for pupils.

The internship offers: 

  • • Hands on experience in a school for 4-weeks from mid-June to mid-July 2018
  • • The opportunity to earn while you learn. You will be paid £300 a week
  • • Full support from a dedicated mentor and support from subject teacher in your school
  • • The chance to experience mathematics or physics teaching before you commit to it as a career.

To find out more and apply by 13 May visit: www.brightonacademiestrust.org.uk/internship