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Professor of prevention: Local professor leads the way in fight against lung cancer

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BREAKTHROUGH: Bradford University’s Professor Mohamed El-Tanani has discovered a new way to prevent chemotherapy resistance

BREAKTHROUGH: Bradford University’s Professor Mohamed El-Tanani has discovered a new way to prevent chemotherapy resistance

Making daily breakthroughs in cancer research is all in a day’s work for a Bradford University Professor whose focus on cancer metastasis is helping to fight back against the killer disease.

Mohamed El-Tanani has held positions in universities around the world, as his crusade to conquer cancer spans across all communities and lives.

His latest research programme, at the University of Bradford, strives for a better understanding of metastasis and thus has the potential to improve cancer patient survival and quality of life.

Metastasis is the complex process of the spreading of cancer from the original tumour to distant organs and is responsible for the majority of cancer deaths. Once cancer has spread, current treatments ultimately fail for most patients.

Researchers on Professor El-Tanani’s team at the University of Bradford have most recently discovered a way to prevent chemotherapy resistance in lung cancer by blocking a protein found in cancer cells.

Suppressing this protein, called Ran-GTP, also causes cancer cells already resistant to the first-line chemotherapy treatment, gefitinib, to become re-sensitised to the drug.

Speaking to the Asian Express, he said: “Cancer is a very complex disease. Our research doesn’t mark the end of lung and breast cancer but it’s another step towards understanding how it works and one of the ways it manages to become resistant to drugs we develop. We’re hopeful that our work could help to save lives.”

The question that always crops up when it comes to cancer research is whether there will ever be a cure for the disease.

“We may not have found a way to beat cancer yet,” said Professor El-Tanani, “but more researchers than ever are entering the field to help find a cure. I am sure one day we will cure most -if not all - cancer patients. This is only possible through research, and funding more research is crucial to achieving this.”

Professor El-Tanani said the fact is that around one in three people will still get cancer and that is what spurred him on to be a researcher in this area.

“There are very few people who aren’t touched by cancer in one way or another, and to know that you’re working in an area that has the potential to make the lives of so many people better is a big positive.”

He added: “This is one of the main reasons I chose to work in such a competitive career, in cancer research.”

The University of Bradford is seeking funding to put these drugs into clinical trial so that they can test this research.

Such trials cost a lot of money yet this is the only way they can bring new treatments to patients.

“I really hope that this work will help people suffering from cancer,” Professor El-Tanani said.

Catherine Pickworth, Cancer Research UK’s science information officer, said: “When cancer becomes resistant to chemotherapy it’s a lot harder to treat.

“Excitingly, [Professor El-Tanani’s work] has identified a potential target to stop or even reverse cancer resistance to a chemotherapy drug called gefitinib. Now more research and clinical trials are needed to find and test a drug that will help patients whose cancers have become resistant to chemotherapy.”

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TRAGIC: Bradford Uni student Aamir Qudeer laid to rest

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An inquest has heard that a body found on the banks of the River Mersey in Liverpool on Sunday 13th April was that of missing 21-year-old student Aamir Qudeer.

The University of Bradford first year engineering student, 21-year-old Aamir Qudeer, mysteriously went missing without trace on Wednesday 26th February.

TRAGIC: Aamir Qudeer had been missing for seven weeks, his body was found on Sunday 13th April

TRAGIC: Aamir Qudeer had been missing for seven weeks, his body was found on Sunday 13th April

He had missed lectures shortly before he went missing, but there were no other signs that he was unhappy or in trouble.

The last sighting of Aamir had been in Leeds to board a train to Liverpool and the last sighting of him on CCTV was at about 7pm that evening leaving the city's Lime Street station. Nobody had seen or heard from him since.

His distraught parents, from Leeds, Zatoon and Abdul Qudeer, of Scott Hall Road, said his disappearance was completely out of character. His disappearance was being treated as a ‘high priority missing person’s case’ by Bradford police.

This week Detective Inspector Benstead told the court that Merseyside Police were contacted at 8.52am on Sunday,  13th April, after a body was washed up on the riverbank on the Grassendale Esplanade, an area approximately six miles from Liverpool city centre.

DISTRAUGHT: Aamir’s parents had made a public appeal for people to come forward with information about Aamir’s ‘uncharacteristic’ disappearance last month

DISTRAUGHT: Aamir’s parents had made a public appeal for people to come forward with information about Aamir’s ‘uncharacteristic’ disappearance last month

Emergency services recovered the body and officers found two phones, later confirmed to contain sim cards used by Mr Qudeer, and a wallet containing a driving licence and student card, both with positive photo IDs, alongside bank and national insurance cards.

After hearing evidence Mary Burke, Assistant Bradford Coroner, said she was “satisfied” the identity of the body was that of Mr Qudeer and released the remains to the family for a funeral to take place.

His family, from Moortown in Leeds, had been making repeated pleas to the public to come forward with information on his disappearance. They had been rallying in Leeds, Bradford and Liverpool.

Amir’s death is not being treated as suspicious.

FOUND: Aamir’s body was found at the Merseyside riverbank on Grassendale Esplanade

FOUND: Aamir’s body was found at the Merseyside riverbank on Grassendale Esplanade

Funeral prayers were held for Mr Qudeer at the Leeds Islamic Centre on Wednesday 16th April.

Messages of condolences continue to be left on social media sites set up by his family when Aamir first went missing seven weeks ago.

Asian Express would like to offer sincere condolences to the family.

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