Our challenge is to understand why breast cancer recurrences happen and to ensure that metastatic disease is detected early and treated effectively. The ability of a tumour to alter its status following treatment is clinically accepted. Our team is working to identify gene determinants that can be used as biomarkers in helping to improve patient treatment strategies and, ultimately, develop novel drug targets that help to defeat breast cancer.
To swiftly transfer breast cancer research findings to a clinical setting, it is essential that translational research is undertaken. Testing new drug targets and potential clinical biomarkers in retrospective clinical trials is the cornerstone of translational research.
Medical Student Training
The training of the next generation of clinicians and breast cancer researchers is a core strategy of Breast Cancer Ireland under our Education & Awareness pillar. We have supported over 16 Ph.D. students and 17 M.D. students to completion of their post-graduate degrees. Data from their breast cancer research work formed the basis of over 30 publications in high impact cancer journals along with credits and prestigious scientific and clinical research awards.