Sheffield Research Visit

08 Nov 2015

An inspiring and moving day seeing how the money we raise is put to work.

Last week I was lucky enough to have the  opportunity to meet with the Drs at the Medical School of Sheffield University. It was great to hear from Dr Andy Chantry about the Myeloma Research Team and the work they are doing on identifying hidden cancer cells and targeting them to prevent relapse of Myelomas. At Sheffield bones are the speciality and Dr Shelly Lawson talked about how research has progressed from preventing further bone destruction to finding ways to mend bone destruction from Multiple Myeloma.

Next we got the opportunity to have a tour of the laboratories and see infected tissues under the microscope with Dr Si Tazzyman. Darren Lath talked us through how Myeloma cells are isolated through a process including magnetism! When we think of the money we as volunteers raise funding research it's easy to forget how vital equipment is to facilitate this too, we saw how vital the Micro CT Scanner provided by Bloodwise has been in looking into bone anobolics from Holly Evans.

This was followed by an emotional and inspiring talk from medical student Jemma Mickleburgh who is also a volunteer for Anthony Nolan. Jemma's sister had Leukaemia and received a life saving bone marrow transplant and is now living life to the full. No one could fail to have been moved by the film we saw next showing recipients of transplants meeting their donors, truly inspiring. Whilst there is no doubting how vital donating bone marrow and stem cells is there is a need to educate people of how straightforward the process scan be, in 90% of cases taking the stem cells through blood is enough.

The day was finished with inspiring talks from patients from the Royal Hallamshire Hospital, one of whom received a life saving transplant from an eighteen old in Germany who had only been on the register for a week! You can find out more about donating to help save lives here:




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