There will be blood: Identifying rogue receptors that trigger cancer Professor Ian Hitchcock, Department of Biology, University of York
Cell biologist Ian Hitchcock works with biophysicists, microscopy experts, and clinicians - a successful collaboration that has led to the identification of a receptor blood stem cell that is essential for the development of haematological cancers. The discovery has led to £1.2 million in funding from Cancer Research UK and opens up the possibility of developing more precision targeted drugs; drugs that destroy malignant cells but leave healthy cells intact.
His story is all the more remarkable given the scale of the task – by the time you go to bed tonight your body will have created more new blood cells than there are stars in our galaxy. Discovering how this works and where it goes wrong is an astronomical challenge.