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Telephone Support Line 0800 092 7640

Available Monday to Friday 9.00am-5.00pm

Telephone Support Line 0800 092 7640

Available Monday to Friday 9.00am-5.00pm

You may wish to fundraise yourself, with family and friends or within your local group. Whatever the idea, be it large or small, we know you will have a great time raising vital funds for Big C.

Did you know we have 12 charity shops across Norfolk including a dedicated Craft Supplies Shop, Furniture Emporium, Bridal and a high-end fashion Boutique? We are always looking for high quality donations.

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We are always looking for volunteers including in our Support Centres, shops and at our Fundraising events. Volunteering is a great way to spend some free time, meet new people, and gain experience.

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Hunting for human infectious agents in Genomics England’s 100,000 genome project

Hunting for human infectious agents in Genomics England’s 100,000 genome project

2016 Research Grant Award

£70,427 for 36 months starting 1 April 2017 at Norwich Medical School, UEA.

Grant Applicants:

Dr Daniel Brewer; Senior Lecturer

Prof Colin Cooper; Chair of Cancer Genetics

Infectious agents, such as bacteria and viruses, are involved in the development of a variety of human cancers such as cervical, liver, stomach and bladder cancer. We hypothesise that other infectious agents are directly linked to cancer development, but as yet remain undefined. We are now in an era where the genetic code (sequence) of any sample can be read relatively inexpensively compared to when the sequencing of the original human genome was completed. When a tissue sample from a cancer patient is sequenced, material from both human cells and any infectious agents present will be read.

This has led us to develop an analytic pipeline, named SEPATH, to identify infectious agents present in cancer samples from sequence data. Genomics England’s 100,000 Genome project is a large-scale initiative, backed by the UK government, to sequence samples from 40,000 cancer patients from a range of different cancer types. Through a competitive process we have been awarded access to apply SEPATH to this data (no funds awarded). We have applied for funds for a PhD student to carry out this work and take advantage of this amazing opportunity to investigate new pathogens linked to cancer.

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Two men from Norfolk who found themselves with cancer and having to travel for treatment, vowed local people would have access to the best treatment and support … and in 1980 the Big C Appeal was formed.