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Behind the scenes at Liverpool's cancer research labs

LEARNED FRIENDS: Far right - Africa Oyé’s Dave McTague and Gad Kuju speak with a scientist at North West Cancer Research

AS PART of its 25th year anniversary celebrations, team Africa Oyé, Liverpool’s largest celebration of African music and culture, visited the city’s cancer research labs in order to get an insight into how local treatment is informed.

Africa Oyé’s Gad Kuju and Dave McTague were invited by North West Cancer Research to find out more about the charity’s work and to partner with them in raising awareness of symptoms and the value of donating to organisations who are conducting life-saving studies.

Leading scientist Dr. Shankar Varadarajan led Kuju and McTague on a tour of the facilities, which are housed at the University of Liverpool.

Varadarajan also explained the importance of his ground-breaking research into a new class of drugs which could have the potential to kill cancer cells.

Kuji, who is Chair of the board of Trustees of Africa Oyé, said:

“It was a great honour to be asked to visit North West Cancer Research’s laboratories. It was eye-opening to see the work which is being carried out right here in Liverpool which will help find better treatments for cancer.

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“Many of us know someone who has been affected by cancer in some way, which is why this research is so important.

“Our festival unites people from all walks of life through a celebration of African music and culture. Unity is equally important in the fight against cancer, by working together as a community we can help make a difference in this challenge.”

North West Cancer Research has committed to funding more than £13million worth of cancer research over the next five years. £3.8million of this has already been committed for work at the University of Liverpool.

Alastair Richards, CEO of North West Cancer Research, said:

“It was great to welcome Gad and Dave to our labs and share with them just a small part of the research we are enabling here in Liverpool.

“Being involved in Africa Oyé for the first time ever this year, was a huge honour. We were able to share the work we do and the vital role that research plays in the fight against cancer, with hundreds of people in the city region.

“I hope Gad and Dave enjoyed their lab tour and we look forward to working with them and the festival over the next few years.”

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