2017 was a busy and successful year for the Thoracic Oncology Research Group and our Target Lung Cancer (TLC) campaign. We would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone for their donations to TLC and for events that took place across the country. We are looking forward to working with our patients and the public in our new initiatives and fundraising events in the coming year.
Before we share the 2017 highlights, there are several opportunities to support Target Lung Cancer this year including:
- VHI Women’s Mini Marathon (10km – Dublin – 3 June 2018).
- SSE Airtricity Dublin Marathon (28 October 2018)
Some of our supporters hold church gate collections (with Garda permission), coffee mornings, and events in local bars and clubs, to fundraise for Target Lung Cancer. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more info.
Here are some of our highlights and achievements for 2017 in fundraising and research activities.
Events and Community Fundraising:
- Award winning chef and writer, Neven Maguire, continued to support Target Lung Cancer through his role as our ambassador. In November, Neven hosted a fantastic Food Festival in Castleknock which raised over €22,000.
- The O’Neill Family (Team Bab’s) ran in numerous races throughout 2017 and raised over €4,230.
- Donegal Shines a Light on Lung Cancer took place at Glenveagh National Park, organised by Anne-Marie Baird of St James’s raised €4,000.
- Maureen Connolly, a patient at St James’s and her husband John, raised over €4,200 through a darts competition fundraiser.
Thanks to all of our supporters who took part in races, community fundraising events, gave in memory of a loved one, or gave a gift no matter how big or small, in aid of Target Lung Cancer here at St James’s Hospital.
Other highlights and achievements:
- Over 16 original research publications were published from our laboratory or as co-authors with international collaborators, some of which include:MacDonagh L et al., Oncotarget, 2017; Collins DM et al., Cell Immunol, 2017; Knopf K et al., J Am Chem Soc, 2017; Circu M et al., PLoS One, 2017; Kerr KM et al., Ann Oncol, 2017; Hutchinson RA et al., Cell Death Discov, 2017; Heery R et al., Cancers (Basel), 2017; Rosell R et al., Lancet Respir Med, 2017; Brahmer JR et al., Lancet Oncol, 2017; Letovanec I et al., J Thorac Oncol, 2017; Bubendorf L et al., Lung Cancer, 2017; Collins DM et al., Cell Immunol, 2017; Adams MN et al., J Thorac Oncol, 2017; Quinn L et al., J Agri Food Chem, 2017; Greene J et al., Front Mol Biosci, 2017; Cregan S et al., Int J Oncol, 2017.
- Research emanating from our lung cancer research programmes has been recognized internationally by selection for presentations at the World Conference on Lung Cancer (Japan, 2017), European Lung Cancer Conference (Geneva, 2017), BTOG (Dublin, 2017), European Alliance for Personalized Medicine (Belfast, 2017) & ETOP Annual Meeting (Amsterdam, 2017).
- At the 18th World Conference on Lung Cancer 2017 in Yokohama, Japan, researchers from our laboratory presented 10 research posters and 1 oral presentation in translational lung cancer and mesothelioma research.
- Our Scientists have received numerous Travel Awards (ETOP, ELCC), Educational Bursaries (BTOG), Young Investigator Awards (WCLC) and bursaries for residential workshops (ETOP).
- Two patents have been filed in conjunction with our pharmaceutical collaborator, Inflection Biosciences Ltd, for novel PI3K-mTOR-PIM inhibitors which have been undergoing pre-clinical testing in the Thoracic Oncology Research Laboratory.
- Recipient of a Cancer Immunology Stimulus Award made available by the Trinity St. James’s Cancer Institute.
- Recipient of a Health Research Board (HRB) Investigator Led Project Grant
- Recipient of a Pilot Grant from Bayer AG
- Shortlisted Finalist for Research Laboratory of the Year at the Irish Laboratory Awards 2017.
- A research image captured in our laboratory was winner of the European Association for Cancer Research (EACR) Image of the Month in June 2017.
- Our laboratory continued to play an active role in lecturing, supervision (research theses) and teaching of BSc, MSc, MD & PhD students undertaking research programmes in TCD. Hosted numerous international students and Transition Year students as part of our education outreach programme.
- Our laboratory has engaged with both patients and the public in promoting a better understanding of lung cancer risks, symptoms, cancer trends, treatments and research, through our presence at dedicated booths in St James’s Hospital and TCD on World Cancer Day (February 4th 2017), World Lung Cancer Day (August 1st 2017) and Lung Cancer Awareness Month (LCAM) (November 2017).
- Other activities during LCAM included taking part in the national ‘Listen To Your Lungs’ campaign, and events associated with lung cancer stigma, inequality, access to treatment and disparities in care (Dublin and EU parliament).
- In conjunction with Lung Cancer Alliance (USA), the 2nd Donegal ‘Shines A Light on Lung Cancer’ event was held in Glenveagh National Park, Co. Donegal to raise greater awareness of lung cancer and to raise funds for translational research at SJH.
- Invited as conference chair for the European Research Society International Congress, Milan (September 13th 2017).
- Appointments to the Editorial Boards of several international science and medical journals such as the Journal of Clinical Epigenetics, Cancers, Clinical & Experimental Medicine, Cancer Translational Medicine.
- Invited grant and journal reviewers for international funding agencies and numerous scientific and medical journals.
- Continued membership of Lung Cancer Europe (LuCE), LuCE representative on the European CanCer Organisation (ECCO) Patient Advisory Committee (PAC), and the European Cancer Concord (ECC).
- Ongoing social media presence for the lung cancer social media (#LCSM) community.
- Representation on the IASLC (International Association for the Study of Lung Cancer) committee for Communications, Career Development & Fellowships.