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Award for Glasgow cancer specialist

Professor Tessa Holyoake, director of the Paul O’Gorman Leukaemia Research Centre at Glasgow University Image copyright Tessa Holyoake

A Glasgow cancer specialist has been awarded the Scottish Cancer Foundation's inaugural prize.

Professor Tessa Holyoake has been given the award for turning Glasgow into a leading centre for leukaemia research.

She will be awarded a £10,000 prize in recognition of her work on comparing cancer stem cells with normal cells to identify potential treatments.

Her work has implications beyond leukaemia as it may also offer solutions for other cancers.

The research - carried out at the Paul O'Gorman Leukaemia Research Centre at Glasgow University, of which she is director - is offering hope of new treatments for a condition which has already seen dramatic improvements in survival in recent years.

'Worthwhile recipient'

Professor Bob Steele, chairman of the Scottish Cancer Foundation, said: "We could not have found a more worthwhile recipient than Professor Holyoake".

He said her work was "of international significance", and was a "fine example of how research in the laboratory is helping at the bedside."

Professor Holyoake said she was "both touched and honoured" to receive the award.

The money will be used to fund her groundbreaking research.

She also raises money to support the work of the centre through charity mountain climbs, bike rides, abseils and runs.

The award will be presented at the Scotland against Cancer conference being held on 16 November in Edinburgh.

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