GRACE Lands Research Assistant Funding for Pioneering Tumour Bank

GRACE has been awarded a £10,000 grant from the Hospital Saturday Fund (HSF) to part fund a Research Assistant to establish and manage a novel gynaecological Tumour Biobank at the University of Surrey.   

This Research Assistant is an extremely valuable resource for the collection of tissue and blood samples. These samples are collected from consenting gynaecological cancer patients at the time of surgery with further samples subsequently collected during and the course of treatment.   

Simon Butler-Manuel, Chair of Trustees for GRACE and a Consultant Gynaecological Surgeon at the Royal Surrey County Hospital and Hon Senior Lecturer at the University of Surrey, said “We are absolutely delighted to receive this generous grant from the Hospital Saturday Fund. The establishment of this Tumour Biobank will enable whole new areas of research to be carried out at the University of Surrey by the Gynaeoncology Research Group both now and in the future, and to potentially develop more personalized treatments for women with gynae cancers.” 

John Greenwood, Chairman of the Hospital Saturday Fund, said “We are delighted to be able to award this grant to GRACE. I personally championed the application having met the team and it is an honour to be able to support GRACE and the contribution GRACE make to the local community.” 

Simon Butler-Manuel is available for comment and interviews.  

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