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Current KESS projects

The researchers we've supported have already done so much to help cancer patients. Below are the projects that Tenovus Cancer Care is currently supporting through the KESS partnership program, to continue helping people affected by cancer.


2016, 2017, 2018



Delineating how PI3K/PTEN oncogenic signalling contributes to prostate cancer

Student: Manisha Dass
Supervisor: Dr Helen Pearson
Location: Cardiff University
Cancer Type: Prostate
Start and End date: Jan 2018 - Jan 2021

The Psychosocial Cancer Evaluation Toolkit: developing a tailored evaluation protocol and research outcome database for the evaluation of cancer support and prevention initiatives.

Student: Zoe Cooke
Supervisor: Dr Ceri Phelps
Location: University of Wales Trinity Saint David
Cancer Type: All
Start and End date: Feb 2018 - Feb 2021


A Drosophila in vivo platform for the identification of radiation sensitivity biomarkers

Student: Terrence Trinca
Supervisor: Dr Joaquín de Navascués Melero
Location: Cardiff University
Cancer Type: All
Start and End date: Jan 2018 - Jan 2021


Exploiting DNA repair defects found in cancer cells for treatment with topoisomerase poisons and nucleoside analogues

Student: Martina Salerno
Supervisor: Dr Edgar Hartsuiker
Location: Bangor University
Cancer Type: All
Start and End date: Nov 2017 - Oct 2020

Oral chemotherapy management in the home: an exploratory case study of treatment adherence in people with cancer living in the Valleys of South East Wales

Student: Abdi Ali
Supervisor: Professor Jane Hopkinson
Location: Cardiff University
Cancer Type: All
Start and End date: April 2018 - April 2021



A coping skills educational intervention to help lung cancer nurses and their patients achieve even more positive outcomes from their time together and, by extension, increase uptake of lung cancer support services.

Student (MPhil): Patrick Cronin
Supervisor: Dr Simon Payne
Location: Aberystwyth University
Cancer Type: Lung
Start and End Date: Sep 2017 - Sep 2018


Developing open source tools and support materials to enable non-expert GIS users to measure geographical accessibility to screening and cancer support services in relation to small area trends in cancer incidence

Student: Richard Williams
Supervisor: Professor Gary Higgs
Location: University of South Wales
Cancer Type: All - Geographical accessibility to treatment
Start and End Date: Oct 2016 - Sep 2019

Development of a generic approach for highly selective delivery of therapeutics for cancer treatment

Student: Emily Mills
Supervisor: Dr Yu-Hsuan Tsai
Location: Cardiff University
Cancer Type: All - Cancer drug delivery
Start and End Date: Oct 2017 - Sep 2020

Lay referral in the early diagnosis of cancer

Student: Emma Campbell
Supervisor: Dr Julia Hiscock
Location: Bangor University
Cancer Type: All - Early cancer diagnosis
Start and End Date: Oct 2017 - Sep 2020

PET Labelled Probes for Cancer Patient Stratification         

Student: Roderick Stark
Supervisor: Dr Ian Fallis
Location: Cardiff University
Cancer Type: All - Cancer treatment
Start and End Date: Oct 2016 - Sep 2019