Staff do their bit for charity
Pictured at the Wear It Pink Day are, L-R: Dr Lisa Jeffers, Dr Gwyneth Hinds, Ms Hazel Carson, Dr Ian Harley and Dr Jennifer Quinn
In this regular feature, we take a look at what staff at Queen’s are doing for charity.
CCRCB Scientists Wear It Pink for Breast Cancer Campaign
CCRCB scientists took time out from their research to raise money and awareness in support of Breast Cancer Campaign’s Wear It Pink day.
Organised by Breast Cancer Campaign Scientific Fellow Dr Jennifer Quinn and her campaign-funded PhD student Elisabeth Lamers, the event raised an impressive £500 through donations and a cake sale.
Dr Jennifer Quinn said: “Our daily work in the laboratory aims to help women with BRCA1-related breast cancer and we hope that by holding our own Wear It Pink day, even more research can be funded to help find a cure for the disease. Everyone got into the spirit of things and really enjoyed the day.”
Breast Cancer Campaign currently funds over £1million of breast cancer research in CCRCB through Professor Paul Harkin, Professor Kevin Prise, Dr Jennifer Quinn and Dr Paul Mullan.
The Wear It Pink day, which was held during Breast Cancer Awareness Month, coincided with the second annual BRCA-Link-NI event. Organised by Dr Jennifer Quinn and Hazel Carson, in the CCRCB, the event aimed to help women who inherit the faulty BRCA genes that can cause breast cancer.
Presenters at the event included members of the CCRCB Breast and Ovarian cancer focus group, including Dr Jennifer Quinn, Dr Ian Harley, Dr Gywneth Hinds and Dr Lisa Jeffers.
BRCA-NI is now recognised as the main support group for BRCA families in Northern Ireland. There are at least 600 families affected in Northern Ireland. The group also met with Mr Jim Wells, MLA at Stormont and plans are in place to put their campaign for a multidisciplinary clinical approach for supporting BRCA families firmly on the political agenda over the coming months. For further information on BRCA-NI, please visit: www.brcani.co.uk.