Michelle is a Biological Specimen Coordinator, Oncology R&D and is the bridge between the hospital and the cancer researchers at the University of Surrey.
One of Michelle’s primary functions is to identify suitable patients, and approach them for their help with the various research projects the team are working on. Once Michelle has explained the process of collecting samples, the necessary consents are obtained and Michelle retrieves the samples and delivers them to the research labs for analysis.
Right now, Michelle is working on a project with PP sponsored PhD student Christopher Smith on the Prevalence and detection of neuro-endocryne differentiated prostate cancer (NEPC). This work involves extensive use of the Vectra Polaris equipment, a piece of highly specialised equipment purchased by Prostate Project supporters and one of the very few 9 colour panel machines in the world, most feature just 6 colour panels.
Michelle needs help with this study, and is appealing for volunteers with prostate cancer who are currently treatment free or between treatments, and have been on Enzalutamide or Abiraterone. If you are able to attend hospital to donate 30mls of blood it’s likely you will be able to help with future diagnosis and treatment. Contact Michelle at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Michelle’s role is funded by the Prostate Project.