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Laurence Patterson - Department Overview

Last Updated:

30th May 2013

We offer at Master's level three degrees. We offer Cancer Drug Discovery, Cancer Pharmacology, and Drug Toxicology, and Safety Pharmacology. We also offer a PhD in in-field programs. Since our department, we are really concerned with discovering new cancer drugs and understanding how they work. We’ve tried to instill innovative skills in our students, so they can make a real contribution to that process.

In fact, historically the university has had great successes in this area. We have been responsible for development of an anti-sickness drug, still used in cancer treatment today. Bradford has pioneered the use of chemotherapy in breast cancer research and most recently, we have developed the smart bomb that came to global media attention, for the treatment of tumor vasculature. To destroy tumor vasculature, such that you're choking off the nutrient supply to the tumor, and that molecule is presently in pre-clinical development, about to go to clinical trial.

The department is segmented into various research activities that are relevant to the drug discovery process, so molecular modeling, synthetic chemistry, which we would generally call medicinal chemistry, cancer pharmacology activities, in-vitro and in-vivo testing. We have progenics facilities to look at the global protein content of cancer cells and we also support clinical trials with our colleagues in the oncology wing, at St. James's in Leeds. First and foremost, we are looking for people with a relevant scientific background. We're also looking for people with enthusiasm for cancer research. We're looking for staying power. We're looking for people that can blend in and become part of a close-knit research community.

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