- Map the current research landscape with regarding to neuroendocrine and endocrine tumours
- Encourage collaborative research
- Direct charitable funds to research projects with real potential and impact
We had a very interesting morning with the research team at UCL, lead by Prof Tim Meyer and Dr Chrissie Thirwell. The team shared with us the work they are doing in NETs, including work on:
- Defining the Immune landscape. It was amazing to hear that to do some genetic profiling on 1 patient costs £500!
- Circulating Cancer Cells. This is a fascinating area that looks at cells in the blood stream that can be both prognostic and predictive. NETs are a problematic group of cancers as they evolve and change.
- Liquid biopsy is another area of study and this looks at the DNA of any circulating cancer cells.
- NET Epigenomics. This is looking at the molecular level of the tumours. Understanding how and why they form in the first place.