On Saturday morning, the University of Birmingham held an information session and picnic at Winterbourne House & Garden to thank the supporters of childhood cancer research at the University, led by Dr Frank Mussai and his team of clinicians.
Frank and his team are researching the causes of childhood cancer and developing new, less toxic, immune therapy treatments to attack childhood cancers. Their research involves investigating the links between adult and childhood cancers and the immune system, and focuses on blood cancers such as acute myeloid leukaemia (AML) and solid cancers like neuroblastoma - two of the most common and hardest to treat childhood cancers.
In the morning, Frank and his team gave an inspiring presentation, giving attendees the opportunity to learn more about the team’s work in developing new treatments for children with cancer, and demonstrating the impact that the attendees’ collective support has made to date. Guests were also shown a video, giving them a sneak peek of the team’s lab. Frank and his team also provided an update on their future plans for this potentially life-saving research.
Following the presentations, attendees had an indoor picnic with Frank, his team, and other University staff members. Photos from the event can be found on our Flickr site.
September is childhood cancer awareness month, and alongside this event, the University joined in the global ‘Glow Gold’ campaign, by turning our iconic Old Joe Clock tower gold on 1 September. You can join in and help raise awareness by tweeting us with #UoBCCAM.
To learn more about Frank and his team’s work, please visit our website.