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Tuesday 13 November 2018 7:30 - 8:30pm.
Title: The variability of tumours: every cancer is different
Speaker: Ms Tamsin Robb
Summary: Why do some people’s tumours spread rapidly around the body while others remain dormant and cause minimal harm? How do our differing genetic backgrounds affect our cancer risk and the range of tumours we might develop? What underlies the differences in individual patient responses to promising new drugs?
By gaining a deeper understanding of cancer as a heterogeneous, varied, multifaceted disease within a single patient, we have greater hope of providing successful therapies. My research uses genomic technology to understand the effect and interplay of tumour heterogeneity in individual patients right down to the cell-level, in order to find new biomarkers for diagnosing and monitoring patients with neuroendocrine tumours in New Zealand, which will be widely applicable to all cancers.
Ms Tamsin Robb is a doctoral student in the Dept. of Molecular Medicine and Pathology at The University of Auckland. She is supported by an Auckland Medical Research Foundation doctoral scholarship.