Margaret Grayson

Margaret Grayson

NCRI

Margaret was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2004 and is Chair of the Northern Ireland Cancer Research Consumer Forum. Margaret is a lay member on the NI Cancer Trials Network Executive. She has been involved in partnering with researchers since 2010, including membership of study steering groups and is a co-applicant on an NIHR funded trial.

She represents NI on the National Cancer Research Institute (NCRI) Consumer Involvement Steering Group. Margaret is Chair of the Patient Advisory Panel for the Cancer Research UK Grand Challenge (£20million) and also a member of the Research and Innovation Sounding Board.

Margaret is a member of Independent Cancer Patients’ Voice Before retirement in 2010 Margaret worked for 38 years as a Therapy Radiographer with a specific interest in supportive care – she has a Post Grad in Psychotherapeutic Studies and a Masters in Counselling.

Margaret was awarded the MBE for services to cancer research in the Queen’s Birthday 2018 Honours List.

Title: Survivorship? What Does This Mean to People Affected by Cancer?
Margaret Grayson Survivorship? – A much-used word in the area of cancer.

Survivorship is defined as state of being a survivor. A survivor is defined as a person who is able to live their life successfully despite experiencing difficulties or a life threatening disease.

In reality what does this actually mean to people affected by cancer? An interesting question that perhaps on initial reading you think might have a simple answer. Is it more than getting through treatment? Is it more than being alive? How important is quality of life?

By 2030 it is estimated that 4 million people in the UK will be living with the long term consequences of cancer.

During this session it is planned to explore the above questions by looking at the needs of people living with and beyond cancer.

National Cancer Research Institute (NCRI) partnered with the James Lind Alliance on a Priority Setting Partnership and has published the Top 10 living with and beyond cancer research priorities that people feel are important for more focused research.

This will help answer the original question “ Survivorship? What does it mean to people affected by cancer”

3D mammosphere culture of breast epithelial cell line MCF10A.

Courtesy of Dr. Emer Bourke, NUI Galway

Phospho-Akt expression and localisation

Mediated by VEGF in A549 lung cancer cells. Visualised by high content image analysis.

Courtesy of Dr Martin Barr, Clinical Scientist & Adjunct Assistant Professor, St James’s Hospital & Trinity College Dublin

Metaphase chromosome spread of Jurkat T-lymphoma cells

Courtesy of Rebecca Gorry, PhD Student, Mc Gee Lab, UCD School of Biomolecular & Biomedical Science, Conway Institute, UCD

Apoptosis assessment of SKMES-1 lung cancer cells

Using a multiparameter apoptosis staining kit, showing cell nuclei (blue), actin (green) and mitochondrial activity (orange).

Courtesy of Dr Martin Barr, Clinical Scientist & Adjunct Assistant Professor, St James’s Hospital & Trinity College Dublin

HeLa Cells

Courtesy of Rebecca Gorry, PhD Student, Mc Gee Lab, UCD School of Biomolecular & Biomedical Science, Conway Institute, UCD

IACR & EACR Joint Conference 2020

26 — 28 February 2020 at Galway Bay Hotel, Galway

Mitotic Chronic Myelogenous Leukaemia K562 Cells

Courtesy of Rebecca Gorry, PhD Student, Mc Gee Lab, UCD School of Biomolecular & Biomedical Science, Conway Institute, UCD

Cell to Cell Tweeting

Via nanoparticles (red) in Triple Negative Breast Cancer (TNBC)

Courtesy of Sinéad Lindsay, UCD Conway Institute of Biomolecular and Biomedical Research, University College Dublin (UCD) Ireland.

Confocal Microscopy Analysis

Of phospho-Akt expression in H460 lung cancer cells in response to hypoxia (0.5% O2).

Courtesy of Dr Martin Barr, Clinical Scientist & Adjunct Assistant Professor, St James’s Hospital & Trinity College Dublin

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