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The Re-IMAGINE Consortium has been created to undertake discovery that will correct over-diagnosis, over-treatment, missed-diagnoses and poor risk-stratification in men with prostate cancer.
The project will combine the underlying molecular changes in the cancer with state-of-the-art imaging. This will allow the prediction of prostate cancer status for the individual (low, medium or high risk) without recourse to biopsy. It will also allow prediction of which prostate cancers are likely to progress over time and which are not, this has largely eluded scientist so far.
By doing so, men will be subject to fewer but better biopsies, improved risk stratification, appropriate treatment allocation, more benefit, less harm and more cost-effective care.
Re-IMAGINE will achieve this by building on established partnerships between patients, advocacy organisations, clinicians, imaging experts, molecular biologists, methodologists and a broad range of industrial partners.
The vision of Re-IMAGINE is built on recently published work showing that magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) of the prostate was 100% better at identifying men at risk compared to the standard prostate biopsy, and moreover missed no men with potentially fatal disease.
MRI is now certain to become the future cornerstone of the risk-stratification process for men at risk of early prostate cancer. However, little is known about the use of MRI in combination with other markers in the body. The Re-IMAGINE programme consists of a number of work-strands.
Duties and responsibilities
The Tissue Collector and Laboratory Technician will work as part of a small team to support the Re-Imagine Clinical Trial. A major component of the post will include collecting blood and tissue samples from patients as well as the processing of clinical trial samples to GCLP standard in accordance with the current clinical trial regulations.
The post holder will have a BSc degree in biological sciences or equivalent relevant experience. Demonstrated high level knowledge of biomedical sciences or patient follow up is essential. As is previous relevant laboratory experience and experience in using databases and data entry.
This is a full time, fixed term post for 3 years. The post is due to start in May 2019.
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