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We kick off Pint of Science 2017 with a night focussed on two of Imperial College’s finest Cancer researchers. Clinical Oncologist, Dr Matt Williams will tell us all about about brain tumours and how his research is making important and major progress in this area. Analytical Chemist, Prof Zoltan Takats will be telling us all about his iKnife technology; an impressive tool that can be used during surgery to tell the surgeon when they have completely removed a tumour from a patient’s body. Come and learn about the ways in which we are trying to fight cancer whilst enjoying a delicious pint!
How to treat the untreatable! Making progress in brain tumours
Dr Matt Williams (Honorary Clinical Senior Lecturer)
Brain tumours are the leading cause of cancer death in the under 40's and progress has, unfortunately, been very slow. In this talk Matt will discuss some of the unique problems that brain tumours cause, and why they are so difficult to treat. As well as discussing the clinical and scientific aspects, Matt will talk about how the brain tumour research community has addressed some of the policy issues, and how we can link very detailed, local data with large-scale national data to allow us to approach both patient care and clinical research in a way that is comprehensive.
The Intelligent Knife!
Professor Zoltan Takats (Professor of Analytical Chemistry, Imperial College London)
Professor Zoltan Takats will be discussing his exciting technology, the Intelligent Knife, or ‘iKnife'. The iKnife holds great promise for the future of cancer surgery as it can tell cancer surgeons whether the tissue they are cutting is cancerous or not, allowing surgeons a higher level of accuracy during the removal of tumours, which means they are more likely to completely remove all of the tumour tissue, and without damaging any surrounding healthy tissue! Come have a beer and listen to his interesting talk!