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Early Cancer Institute seminar series: Dr Jeremy Clark, UEA

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The Early Cancer Institute seminar series aims to connect researchers in the early cancer detection and diagnosis space to share knowledge and spark collaboration. Join fellow researchers for lunch and an opportunity to network prior to the talk.

In February we are joined by Dr Jeremy Clark of UEA who will speak about: The PUR (Prostate Urine Risk) biomarker for prostate cancer detection and prognosis. register at

Speaker biography* Jeremy’s research centres around the development and clinical implementation of diagnostic and prognostic tests for Prostate Cancer.

Prostate cancer is present in the majority of men over 55 years old but only a minority of men will die of the disease. Accurate identification of those cancers that will progress and kill the patient is not available at present.

Jeremy’s research examines urine as a source of cancer biomarkers. The idea behind this is as follows: the prostate lies just below the bladder, it is a secretory organ and these secretions carry cells and molecules from all over the prostate to the urethra which then get flushed out of the body on urination. If a cancer is present, then tiny bits of the tumour are also carried with the secretions and these can be detected in urine.

In the pilot study PUR (Prostate Urine Risk Signatures), the team were able to separate men with low-risk cancer into two groups – one of which had 8-times the rate of future development of aggressive cancer than the other. This has led to the development of the At-Home Urine Collection kit whereby a urine can be collected from men At-Home for Prostate cancer testing in the laboratory.

This talk is part of the Early Cancer Institute seminar series series.

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