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Lancaster rising star commended for cancer research efforts

A Senior Research Associate at Lancaster University has been recognised for her outstanding contribution to cancer research in the region.

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Dr Amanda Thomaz, who works in the the Division of Biomedical and Life Sciences department, was presented with the Rising Star in Research Award at the North West Cancer Research Gala Dinner and Awards Ceremony, recently held at the Isla Gladstone Conservatory in Liverpool.

Hailing from Brazil, Dr Thomaz was recognised for carrying out vital research on neurological tumours and paediatric oncology before becoming a North West Cancer Research Associate. Despite commencing her current project only two months before the beginning of the pandemic, she has introduced a number of cutting-edge techniques to the lab.

With over nine years’ experience of scientific contribution in the field of cancer research, Dr Thomaz was commended for her passion for public outreach and commitment to sharing her work with other scientists, whilst raising the profile of the charity.

Dr Thomaz commented: “I am proud to do my bit to raise the profile of North West Cancer Research and the life-saving work that it funds across the region. It is an honour to be recognised for my research and I hope to work with the charity for years to come.”

The North West Cancer Research Gala Dinner honoured the efforts of the charity’s life-long fundraisers and researchers, who together have helped the organisation become the leading independent cancer research and education charity for the region.

Alastair Richards, CEO of North West Cancer Research, commented: “It is an honour to be able to celebrate the dedication of our supporters as well as excellence in research across our region. It is thanks to our fundraisers, researchers, corporate supporters and donors that we have evolved to become the organisation that we are today.

“To host our Gala Dinner for the first time since 2018 was an absolute pleasure and it was a wonderful chance to celebrate people’s life-saving efforts. We were overwhelmed with entries this year and the standard was exceptional. We extend a huge congratulations to all of our winners and nominees and thanks to our sponsors and all of those who helped to make the evening a success.”

Radio presenter Claire Simmo hosted the evening’s awards, which was sponsored by Life and Pensions Systems. 

North West Cancer Research is an independent charity dedicated to putting the region’s cancer needs first by funding life-saving research and education to tackle the cause, improve the care, and find the cure for cancer.


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