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New Local Fund Offers Vital Experience for Future Cancer Researcher

A UEA student, who hopes to pursue a career in cancer research, has been given a valuable opportunity for hands-on laboratory experience this summer, thanks to a new bursary provided by the Lilac Ladies; a group which raises funds for Big C.
 
Sam Logan, who is a biological sciences undergraduate at the University of East Anglia (UEA), will join the team of Dr Mark Williams, a Senior Lecturer in cell biology. Supervised by Dr Williams, the experience will allow Sam to gain knowledge of stem cells, cellular signalling and cancer. Following completion of his first degree, Sam hopes to undertake a PhD focused on cancer biology.
 
The Lilac Ladies was formed in December 2005 to raise funds for Big C to support people in Norfolk and Waveney affected by cancer. It all began with a fundraising lunch that Christmas and this year, 12 years later, the group has reached an incredible milestone of £200,000 raised for the charity.



LILAC Ladies co-founders Gaye Youngman (l) and Theresa Cossey MBE (r).
 
Lilac Ladies spokesperson, Gaye Youngman, said, “The Lilac ladies are delighted that their fundraising efforts have been able to fund this student bursary and hope to continue with their support for many years to come.”
 
Nikki Morris, Deputy Chief Executive at Big C said, “We cannot thank the Lilac Group enough for their continued and dedicated support which has enabled Big C to set up this award. Such vital experience for a promising student may well progress him or her to become a leading light in cancer research in the years ahead.
 
A second full student bursary, funded by Big C, has been awarded to UEA School of Biological Sciences undergraduate, William Pratt, for his project looking at how microorganisms naturally resident in our guts affect immune responses during breast cancer progression. His supervisor is Dr Stephen Robinson.
 
Big C is proud to fund ground-breaking research to diagnose, treat and prevent cancer, from teams working on breast cancer at the University of East Anglia, to research into prostate cancer at Norwich Medical School. Norwich Research Park is one of the most important science centres in the UK, with important advances in cancer research being made all the time. 

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