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Fanny Franchini was selected to give the DPhil Prize Talk as part of the Future Leaders session at the CRUK Oxford Symposium earlier this month. Her talk was selected from a panel of abstracts and contributed to a programme designed to showcase the breadth of basic and translational cancer research support by the CRUK Oxford Centre.

As part of her DPhil project supervised by Prof Fiona Powrie, Fanny investigates the relationship between immune cells and the development and progression of colorectal cancer. At the Symposium, she described how soluble immune mediators called cytokines induce certain genes in cancer cells that may promote epithelial-mesenchymal transition – a key step in tumour progression and metastasis.

Speaking of her award, she said, “I am very grateful to CRUK Oxford Centre for giving me the opportunity to present my research. I have attended the CRUK Oxford Symposium since I started my DPhil and I have always been impressed by the variety of incredible research that has been presented. It is wonderful to receive such support from the Centre and I look forward to new adventures!” 

The CRUK Oxford Centre is a network and partnership between Oxford University, Oxford University Hospitals NHS Trust and Cancer Research UK. Its overarching aim is to facilitate collaboration to ensure rapid translation from scientific discovery to treatments for patients.

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