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Dr Julia Gee visits Downing Street for Breast Cancer Campaign event.

19 February 2013

The School of Pharmacy's Breast Cancer Campaign Senior Research Fellow, Dr Julia Gee, attended a Number 10 Downing Street reception hosted by Samantha Cameron, for research charity Breast Cancer Campaign.

The event launched Breast Cancer Campaign’s new project that will transform the diagnosis, treatment and quality of life for women with breast cancer.

The event brought together fellow breast cancer experts, women living with breast cancer and high profile supporters touched by the disease including presenter Kirstie Allsopp, singers Beverley Knight and Linda Nolan, Breast Cancer Campaign Patron Dame Jenni Murray and comediennes Olivia Lee and Morwenna Banks.

“I found it inspiring to be able to meet current and new supporters and to share my Breast Cancer Campaign-funded research with them. It was a great opportunity to thank them for their support, which remains critical in ensuring continued progress in improving our knowledge of resistance to anti-hormonal drugs in patients. As one of the scientists involved both in the 2006 Gap analysis and its recent Update, I was able to convey the considerable promise of the Gap Analysis re-fresh in further advancing our knowledge of this disease.” - Dr Julia Gee

Leading research charity Breast Cancer Campaign, which celebrates its 25th birthday this year, is launching its Breast Cancer Gap Analysis 2013 to identify the research gaps that need filling in order to accelerate research and detect ground-breaking new ways to unlock the cure for the tens of thousands of women treated for breast cancer every year.

During the Downing Street event Mrs Cameron spoke of the devastating impact that breast cancer has and the growing statistics that can’t be ignored. Since the early eighties, incidence of breast cancer has increased by nearly 60% in the UK, with more women than ever diagnosed every year. 

The new project follows on from the success of the charity’s first Gap Analysis, in 2006, which identified a shortage of breast cancer tissue that scientists vitally needed to translate research quickly and effectively to patients. Breast Cancer Campaign responded to this by creating its Tissue Bank, the first in the UK to address the need and provide thousands of samples to scientists throughout the UK and Ireland. 

Dr Gee said, “I found it inspiring to be able to meet current and new supporters and to share my Breast Cancer Campaign-funded research with them. It was a great opportunity to thank them for their support, which remains critical in ensuring continued progress in improving our knowledge of resistance to anti-hormonal drugs in patients.

“As one of the scientists involved both in the 2006 Gap analysis and its recent Update, I was able to convey the considerable promise of the Gap Analysis re-fresh in further advancing our knowledge of this disease.” 

Breast Cancer Campaign’s Chief Executive Baroness Delyth Morgan, speaking at the event at Downing Street said: “When Breast Cancer Campaign was set up 25 years ago breast cancer was a disease that we knew little about; still a taboo subject publically, despite being something that mothers, daughters and sisters lost their lives to. 

“Significant progress has been made but there are critical gaps in research and opportunities to translate research breakthroughs still being missed that we vitally need for women with breast cancer. The Gap Analysis 2013 sees a hundred international scientists across the UK joining forces to overcome barriers and speed up the journey to a cure. 

“Mrs Cameron’s support in the fight against breast cancer could not be more timely, giving hope to the millions of people affected by the disease; family, friends and loved ones.” 

The results of Breast Cancer Campaign’s Gap Analysis 2013 will be published in autumn this year.

For more information visit www.breastcancercampaign.org and @BCCampaign.

Dr Julia M.W. Gee

Position:Breast Cancer Campaign Senior Research Fellow
An image of Dr Julia Gee from the Welsh School of Pharmacy
Telephone: +44 (0)29 208 75226