New Optimists Kindle series volume 1: Challenging Cancer

In The New Optimists: Challenging Cancer, the broadcaster and journalist Sue Beardsmore introduces ten essays by leading scientists in the West Midlands, researchers in universities as well as hospital clinicians. All of them were asked to respond to the question “What are you optimistic about?”

Sue writes “these essays offer real insight from informed minds . . . They represent the latest, fascinating chapter in a scientific detective story that began over two thousand years ago when Hippocrates is credited with being the first person to recognise the difference between benign and malignant tumours. Since then, as we learn from these scientists, Italian nuns, boy chimney sweeps, arsenic and lobsters have all played their part”.

The contributing scientists are:

  • Professor Derek Alderson, Baring Chair of Surgery at the University of Birmingham
  • Professor Charles Craddock, Director of the Blood and Marrow Transplant Unit at University Hospital Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust
  • Professor Nick James, Professor of Clinical Oncology at the University of Birmingham and the Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Birmingham
  • Professor Philip Johnson, Director of the Cancer Research UK Clinical Trials Unit as well as Professor of Oncology and Translational Research at the University of Birmingham
  • Dr Roger McFadden, Senior Lecturer in Pharmacology in the FAculty of Health at Birmingham City University
  • Professor Paul Moss, Head of the School of Cancer Studies at the University of Birmingham
  • Professor Michael Overduin, Professor of Structural Biology at the University of Birmingham
  • Dr Andrew Peet, Clinical Senior Research Fellow and Honorary Consultant Paediatric Oncologist  at the University of Birmingham and the Oncology Department at Birmingham Children’s Hospital
  • Professor Peter Sadler FRS is Professor of Chemistry at the University of Warwick, and a Fellow of the Royal Society.
  • Professor Lawrence Young, Pro-Vice Chancellor and Head of the College of Medical and Dental Sciences at the University of Birmingham.

Nine of these essays first appeared in the hardcopy book The New Optimists: Scientists view tomorrow’s world & what it means to us. The tenth, by Professor Lawrence Young, is a new addition.

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