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:
Staff and students from NDM, Oncology, IBME and NDORMS raised £700 for Sobell House in the Christmas raffle organised by our laboratories manager Dr Stan Ng. Thanks to all contributors and corporate donors Eppendorf UK, SLS, NEBiolabs UK and Promega UK!
Three researchers from Ludwig Oxford ran a science workshop for pupils aged 9-11 at St Mary Abbots Primary School. Tammie Bishop, Olivia Lombardi and Virginia Schmid taught the children about DNA biology, mutations and inheritance. The workshop was very successful with one teacher reporting that it was the ‘talk of the town amongst the children at lunch break afterwards’.
On Sunday 14th October 2018, Ludwig Cancer Research teamed up with the Wellcome Trust Centre for Human Genetics to run a stall at the IF Oxford Science and Ideas Festival. As part of the Explorazone in the Town Hall, we demonstrated various aspects of DNA packaging and the effects of DNA mutations with our fun activities. Many thanks go to our volunteers: ...