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Some Ice with that Sir?

Just in case you get the wrong idea, we do not sit around sipping cocktails at the University of York. But why do we need ice? Well, it turns out that a lot of the materials we use for our research have to be kept on ice or they deteriorate badly – just think of the cooling required for organs in transplants, as they are rushed across the country. Many of the research materials we use – for example in...

Where did the time (and money) go?

So here we are, 3 years down the line since Terry Hopkinson came to my laboratory to see what we were doing with cancer stem cells, and persuaded his many friends on the Northern Soul Scene to join him in the venture that has become Charity Soul.  I know that the motivation, the loss of a close friend, could not be any stronger for wanting to make a difference, but that does not ensure success.  Well we now know, almost...

Summer Donation Updates

The recent donations made to Charity Soul have surpassed all previous expectations, and has resulted in Charity Soul donating in June a sum of £4,000.0 to Professor Maitland. This presentation was made by Lilly Miller, probably the youngest dj on the soul scene, who along with her mother Rachel and brother Ben was given a tour of the laboratory at York. This sum of money was the culmination of Charity Soul fundraising events which took place at Huntington, York, Gateshaed, Manhattan...

New Treatments

A few things stand out over the last few weeks, since I came along to the big event in Headingley. The clinical trial of our ‘cancer-dissolving’ virus is still proceeding in the Netherlands.  If you remember, this treatment uses a common human virus (which causes sore throats) we have engineered to grow only in human prostate cancer cells.  For those of you interested in the EU Referendum, this potentially new treatment would not have been possible without funding from Brussels!  However,...

Charity Soul nets a Rhino

Charity Soul can proudly announce that they have been invited to form a partnership with Leeds Rhinos Foundation Trust. After an number of friendly discussions with senior members of Leeds Rhinos Foundation Trust, we at Charity Soul are ‘over the moon’ to be invited to join as a partner with this prestigious organisation. We are to provide the music to events organised by the Trust and any monetary donations will be made to the Charity. Our first event in conjunction with...

The Professor Hits State Side

Where’s the Professor? I made a rather snowy trip to New York last month, 36 hours travelling in the middle of January is not exactly ideal!  This was to discuss another new drug whose usefulness against cancer stem cells is largely based on work my laboratory in York produced about 3 years ago.  This is really exciting, as this drug appears to be low on side effects and the push from the company now is to get the drug into trials...

Where’s the Professor?

It may have come to the notice of some supporters of Charity Soul that I have been away a lot recently and for many people this might mean sunning themselves in Dubai (where I confess to spending a couple of nights for my wife’s birthday!).  More importantly my various visits have been connected with the research for which Charity Soul is providing such generous support. I recently visited India to speak in front of 2,500 Urologists (the men who treat the...

Whitby Calls

Charity Soul have been invited to hold a series of Northern Soul and Motown events at the recently refurbished Buck Inn in the centre of Whitby, Ron has played a major role in obtaining this venue and we here at Charity Soul would like to extend our heartfelt thanks for his efforts. The actual dates for these events will be published on here shortly. The  dates for the Charity Soul events at the Buck Inn have been finalised and are as follows: Saturday...