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New gift for Pancreatic Cancer research

9 January 2017

Confocal microscopy
Confocal microscopy at the European Cancer Stem Cell Research Institute

Pancreatic Cancer charity, Amser Justin Time, has made a generous donation to the European Cancer Stem Cell Research Institute to help in the fight against Pancreatic Cancer.

The donation of £60,655.00 will be paid over one year to fund the work of a Pancreatic Cancer Research Associate at the Institute.

Founded in 2008 by Welsh TV and Radio personality Shân Cothi, Amser Justin Time was set up in memory of her husband Justin Smith (also known as Pepsi Tate from Welsh rock band Tigertailz) who sadly died in 2007 from inoperable Pancreatic Cancer.

Ms Cothi set up the charity with the simple aim of helping Pancreatic Cancer patients, their friends and their relatives. Since then, the charity has helped to raise awareness of this disease and to help patients, families and friends to cope via numerous fundraising events.

Amser Justin Time also has a history of supporting the work of the European Cancer Stem Cell Research Institute, having previously funded a two-year Pancreatic Cancer Research Associate position.

Speaking about this latest donation, Ms Cothi said,

"After ten years of fundraising and unrelenting support from friends of Amser Justin Time it is an honour to fund such vital research into tackling this most cruel disease which still only has a survival rate of between 4 and 9 per cent.

Amser Justin Time would like to take this opportunity to thank all those involved for their hard work and continued efforts."

Research into Pancreatic Cancer within the Institute is led by Dr Catherine Hogan.

"I'm absolutely delighted that Amser Justin Time is continuing to support our research. This funding provides us with a valuable opportunity to strengthen our research team, nurture new talent in the field and build on our recent findings to further our understanding of the very earliest stages of pancreatic cancer”, said Dr Hogan.

Matt Smalley, Deputy Director of the European Cancer Stem Cell Research Institute, added

“As a charity we rely on donations such as this to continue our research into potential cancer therapies. The funding from Amser Justin Time will enable us to expand our Pancreatic Cancer research activities, and we are incredibly grateful for their continued support.”

Recruitment for the Amser Justin Time Research Associate in Pancreatic Cancer is due to begin shortly.

If you would like to discuss making a gift or fundraising for cancer research at Cardiff University, please contact our Development and Alumni Relations team on 02920 876473 or email donate@cardiff.ac.uk.