Outwitting Cancer - Making Sense of Nature's Enigma

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Francis Crick Institute

1 Midland Road

Outwitting Cancer - Making Sense of Nature’s Enigma will be an immersive exhibition exploring the latest cancer research taking place at the Crick - Europe’s largest biomedical research institute under one roof. Opening on Saturday 25th September 2021 until July 2022, Outwitting Cancer is also the first exhibition on cancer to take place within the setting of a working science laboratory, which is home to leading cancer scientists from across the world. Eight specially commissioned films capture conversations between cancer researchers, patients and those with unique personal perspectives on cancer, meeting for the first time to explore some of the big questions driving research. The series of short films form the backbone of the exhibition, and include: • BBC journalist George Alagiah, who is living with bowel cancer, meets Vivian Li, Stem Cell and Cancer scientist, as she creates ‘mini-organs’ (organoids) in the quest to personalise cancer treatments. • Lawyer and brain cancer patient Adam Blain, meets scientist Simon Boulton to talk about the role of DNA in cancer as well as his experience of having a tumour which was first diagnosed by his wife. • Cancer Research UK’s Chief Scientist Karen Vousden talks to Alix Fox (broadcaster and sex educator) to bust some cancer myths including: do elephants get cancer and is cancer ‘contagious’? • Professor Adrian Hayday and Dr Oliver Nussbaumer from GammaDelta Therapeutics discuss their pioneering work into new cell therapy which could become available in a similar way to donated blood from blood banks. The exhibition also features an audiovisual installation in a custom-built cinema. Produced by Studio Prelude and SDNA this immersive film, Micro Cosmos, weaves together stunning microscopy imagery from Crick researchers, as well as a newly commissioned soundscape from artist Mira Calix. Cancer remains one of the world’s most widespread and deadly diseases, with 1 in 2 of us developing cancer in our lifetime. Through the immersive films and accompanying exquisite microscopy imagery, Outwitting Cancer addresses questions including “what is cancer?” and “why are so many people still dying from cancer?”.

For more information on this event: http://crick.ac.uk/outwittingcancer

Further information

Upcoming event dates:

  • Saturday 25th September 2021 - Sunday 31st July 2022

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