The New Year’s Honours list is a list of awards made by the UK government and presented by the Queen. The honours system recognises people who have made achievements in public life and committed themselves to serving and helping Britain, making life better for other people and being outstanding at what they do.
In the 2018 New Year’s Honours list EACR Board member Professor Caroline Dive has been named a Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE). Professor Dive is a senior group leader at the Cancer Research UK Manchester Institute, and her team works alongside the Christie Hospital in developing ‘liquid biopsies’ to hunt cancer cells that have broken free from tumours and are circulating in the bloodstream.
Cancer Research UK spoke with Professor Dive about the award and her career in lung cancer research.
How has cancer research changed through the course of your career?
There has been a revolution really in the basic understanding of cancers and how we can personalise a patient’s treatment since I started my career in the mid 1980s. I’ve done a lot of work with Cancer Research UK to develop biomarker sciences. At the start, I witnessed clinical trials without biomarkers, but now more and more often the biology is being better understood. Now the biomarkers that come from this understanding are driving the clinical trial designs. That’s the journey that I have been on with Cancer Research UK in Manchester and it’s been brilliant to be part of that journey.
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