A very happy New Year. Our 15th birthday year seemed to go so quickly and we had an exciting and successful year, so many thanks to all of you that helped make it a great year for LINC.
We have seen a few changes along the year, saying goodbye to Jackie at the LINC shop and also to Debbie at Cheltenham General Hospital. Both ladies have gone onto new jobs and we wish them well and thank them both for all they have done for LINC. We look forward to welcoming our new members of staff and will update you in our next newsletter.
We celebrated an evening at Ellenborough Park for all that has been achieved over the past 15 years. Hosted by Jackie and Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen, with special guest, Bob Champion MBE. It was a lovely evening, taking time to remember all that have played a part supporting LINC patients and their families.
A very big thank you to you all and we hope to see as many of you as possible over the coming year, we have plenty of new events coming up and start the year with a ‘Burns Night’. We would love to see you there, so please do come along with family and friends.
The Robert Dalton Leukaemia Research Fellow
Following the success of the previous two research students, The Leukaemia and Intensive Chemotherapy Fund is pleased to announce that their 3rd PhD student, Leanne Fullwood, started her new research degree on 14 October. She is registered with the University of Exeter but LINC will be funding her day to day expenses.
Leanne says: “I did my undergraduate degree at the University of Central Lancashire where I received first class honours. I then stayed to study a master of science (by research) supervised by Dr Matthew Baker, investigating the use of Raman spectroscopy as a diagnostic tool for metastatic brain cancer and it’s ability to identify primary sites of origin. I am so grateful to have been chosen as a Robert Dalton research fellow and look forward to investigating the diagnostic use of Raman spectroscopy for lymphomas and metastatic lesions found in lymph nodes. The use of fibre Raman probes will also be researched for in vivo applications”.
Dr Gill Rouse, LINC Director commented “this is so important to the department to have some research project that helps to keep everyone up to date and aware of the latest achievements”.
This research fellowship was set up in 2004 in memory of Dr Robert Dalton who was a Consultant Haematologist at Cheltenham General Hospital and a co-founder of LINC with Dr Gill Rouse.
The previous two students, Jaspreet Babrah and Olivia Heenan, also worked on the use of Raman Spectroscopy but as an investigative tool for diagnosing leukaemia – they have both achieved their PhD degrees and have gone on to work in medical research.
We wish Leanne every success in her post.