Scientists at the Ludwig Institute for Cancer Research in Oxford are investigating what goes wrong inside cells to cause cancer. The more we understand about how cancer cells behave and the differences among cancers, the better we will be able to diagnose and treat cancer in the future.
For example, several of our research groups investigate the ways in which the genetic code inside each cell is controlled in response to signals that the cell receives. The signalling and the regulation of genes is often different in cancer cells compared to normal cells.
Public engagement is a broad term for a range of activities that connect the general public with research and researchers. Our scientists are committed to enaging the public with research.
Examples of events that Ludwig researchers have participated in recently include the Oxfordshire Science Festival, Pint of Science, Oxford Open Doors, and activities at local schools. We also regularly host work experience students.
Marketa Tomkova from Benjamin Schuster-Böckler's group expressed the study of DNA mutations in cancer through dance as part of the 'Dance your Ph.D.' competition:
A group of Ludwig public engagement volunteers took our newly created family friendly activities to a sunny Headington Festival in Bury Knowle Park on Sunday 3rd June. The Headington Festival is an annual event run by Headington Action and features ~50 stalls from local organisations, plus a programme of live entertainment. We demonstrated various aspects of DNA packaging and the effects of DNA mutations to many members of the public. ...
On Sunday 13th May 2018, over 20 members of Ludwig Oxford participated in the Town and Gown 10 km run in support of Muscular Dystrophy UK. Carlos Ruiz-Puig was the fastest Ludwig athlete with a time of 43 min. Congratulations to all that took part!