Professor Janusz Jankowski - Inaugural Lecture

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16 September 2010

Time: 5:30pm
Venue: Perrin Lecture Threatre, Blizard Building, Whitechapel

In the last 50 years great strides have been made in the management and understanding of cancer. Based on geographical variations of site specific cancer and population migration studies it is estimated that 80% of cases could be prevented. The road to cancer prevention from the rudimentary use of early herbicides, progressing to screening and surveillance methodologies and finally population biomarkers in the gastrointestinal tract will be discussed. The culmination will describe how the understanding of the micro environment of the stem cell could predict the genetic evolution of human disease.

Professor Jankowski is an international leader in mucosal biology, translational medicine, GI genetics and cancer prevention for which he has won most notably the Sir Francis Avery Jones Prize (youngest recipient) and is now the Sir James Black Professor. His career started with gastro-oesophageal translational research. He then worked on colorectal biology at the University of London with Prof Sir Nicholas Wright. He was then awarded the Betz Fellowship to study genetics of GI disease at the University of California San Francisco with Prof Young Kim. He was promoted to titular Professor at the University of Birmingham followed by an Emeritus Professorship at the University of Leicester. He was then awarded the James Black Fellowship at the University of Oxford to work with the aforementioned Noble Laureate as well as Prof Doug Altman in gastrointestinal cancer prevention.
His lab group now reside in the pre-eminent GI Centre for Digestive Disease, at Queen Mary College in the University of London. His clinical passion however remains cancer prevention at the renowned Digestive Disease Centre in Leicester, UK.

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