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End of an Era : New beginnings

The end of an era has arrived. After 5 years of donating a fantastic cumulative sum of £72k to stem cell research for prostate cancer at York University Cancer Research Centre to Professor Norman Maitland and achieving startling results, a new era has arrived where we have now today donated £10k to Professor Maitland’s able assistant Dr Fiona Frame. Due to Norman’s retirement and the closure of the York Centre Dr Frame has accepted a new post at the University of Hull’s...

All Good Things Must Come to an End

It seems like no time at all since Terry came to see me for the first time in my laboratory at York University.  He asked me what I would do if he gave me a pound towards cancer research.  He actually asked me just how much of the £1 I would spend directly on my research.  The answer was simple…. we spend every penny of every pound raised by Charity Soul directly on research.  The first meeting was just over 5 years ago, and...

Distinguishing fatal prostate cancer from ‘manageable’ cancer now possible

Scientists at the University of York have found a way of distinguishing between fatal prostate cancer and manageable cancer, which could reduce unnecessary surgeries and radiotherapy. The team analysed more than 500 cancer tissue samples A recent study showed that more than 25 men were being unnecessarily treated with surgery or radiotherapy, for every single life saved. It is believed that success rates could be hindered as a result of treating all prostate cancers in the same way. A team at the...

LOCAL COMMUNITY WMC’s – FANTASTIC FUNDRAISING EVENTS FOR PROSTATE CANCER RESEARCH

Charity Soul would like to say a big thank you to two community WMC’s who held fundraising soul music nights for Prostate Cancer research. These closely nit community clubs moved heaven and earth to organise these well attended events, for which members of Charity Soul were also in attendance. The fundraising sequence started here:- SHAFTON WMC. BARNSLEY – Friday 2nd February Chartiy Soul were invited, through Tim Michaels of Next PLC (Doncaster) and Melvin Colbourne, to assist in the running of a fundraising event at...

From the (Gene) Editor……

I hope you remember the research projects I set for my group of students last year? As I said at the time, the research, supported by Charity Soul funds, takes months to work through, and we’ve not been idle over that time. I hope you’ve been taking note of the many articles in the newspapers and in the other media, describing gene editing as THE biology of the decade. All of our 2017 students have now got their degrees (some did...

Bone marrow protein a ‘magnet’ for passing prostate cancer cells – Press Release

Scientists at the The Cancer Research Unit (University of York) have shown that a protein in the bone marrow acts like a ‘magnetic docking station’ for prostate cancer cells, helping them grow and spread outside of the prostate. Now that this mechanism has been identified, however, scientists at York have found a way to block the signal in the cancer cells, disabling the cell and preventing it from multiplying at a new site in the body. Their research showed that the protein,...

CLIPPING THE GENE UPDATE JUNE 2017

All of our students have now finished their studies and will shortly be receiving their degrees from the University of York.  As part of this they all produced a report (or thesis), which acknowledged the support of Charity Soul.  Without this support they would not have been able to do the complicated genetics experiments they have reported. All of the experiments seemed to work, and we have prostate cells in which 3 different genes have been edited.  Due to the students’...