Exhibition: Outwitting Cancer – Making Sense of Nature’s Enigma

Exhibition: Outwitting Cancer – Making Sense of Nature’s Enigma

Exhibition: Outwitting Cancer – Making Sense of Nature’s Enigma

An extraordinary new exhibition from The Crick

The Francis Crick Institute
Tue 1 February 2022 - Sat 3 December 2022

Wed 10-8, Thurs - Sat 10-4

The Francis Crick Institute is to open the UK’s first exhibition exploring the trail-blazing research that is turning the tide on cancer.

Outwitting Cancer – Making Sense of Nature’s Enigma will be an immersive exhibition exploring the latest cancer research taking place at the Crick – Europe’s largest biomedical research institute under one roof.

Opening on Saturday 25 September 2021 until July 2022, Outwitting Cancer is the first exhibition on cancer to take place within the setting of a working science laboratory, which is home to leading cancer scientists from across the world.

Eight specially commissioned films capture conversations between cancer researchers, patients and those with unique personal perspectives on cancer, meeting for the first time to explore some of the big questions driving research.

The series of short films form the backbone of the exhibition, and include:

  • BBC journalist George Alagiah, who is living with bowel cancer, meets Vivian Li, Stem Cell and Cancer scientist, as she creates ‘mini-organs’ (organoids) in the quest to personalise cancer treatments.
  • Renowned cell biologist Mariann Bienz, who had a lung removed as part of her own cancer treatment, meets Charlie Swanton, Cancer Research UK’s Chief Clinician and Crick group leader to talk about the evolution of tumours.
  • Lawyer and brain cancer patient Adam Blain, meets scientist Simon Boulton to talk about the role of DNA in cancer as well as his experience of having a tumour which was first diagnosed by his wife.
  • Cancer Research UK’s Chief Scientist Karen Vousden talks to Alix Fox (broadcaster and sex educator) to bust some cancer myths including: do elephants get cancer and is cancer ‘contagious’? 
  • Crick scientist Erik Sahai meets Dr Georgette Oni, a trailblazing plastic reconstructive surgeon, as they discuss how cancer spreads
  • Dominique Bonnet, an expert in Acute Myeloid Leukaemia at the Crick, gives journalist Tim Jonze, who is living with a rare blood disease, a behind-the-scenes tour of her labs.
  • The final two films reveal the work taking place at two pioneering biopharmaceutical companies, built on research at the Crick, as they develop revolutionary therapies tackling cancer:
  • Medical ethics expert, Deborah Bowman MBE interviews Iraj Ali of Achilles Therapeutics about personalised treatment using the patient’s own immune system to fight their cancer.
  • Professor Adrian Hayday and Dr Oliver Nussbaumer from GammaDelta Therapeutics discuss their pioneering work into new cell therapy which could become available in a similar way to donated blood from blood banks.
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