Senior Liberal Democrats support women in science at the Cancer Research UK Beatson Institute

Jo Swinson MP and Miriam González Durántez highlight pioneering cancer research in Glasgow and preview the world’s first cancer curing game

Government Minister Jo Swinson MP and Miriam González Durántez, Nick Clegg’s wife, met Cancer Research UK scientists in Glasgow today to learn about the charity’s world class research and to discuss opportunities and challenges for women pursuing science careers.

Business Minister Jo Swinson visited the Cancer Research UK Beatson Institute in her East Dunbartonshire constituency with Miriam González Durántez during the Liberal Democrat party conference in Glasgow. They witnessed firsthand the progress scientists are making in beating cancer.

Jo Swinson MP said:

“I am delighted to see some of the fantastic work Cancer Research UK carries out in my constituency, just north of Glasgow. My visit highlighted the importance of supporting vital research, which could make a significant difference to the more than 29,000 people who are diagnosed with cancer in Scotland every year*.”

Miriam González Durántez said:

“It was a pleasure to meet women researchers who are making great strides to understand the mechanics of cancer and to find new ways to treat it. Their commitment is an inspiration.”

Professor Laura Machesky, senior researcher at the Beatson Institute, said:

“We were pleased to welcome Jo Swinson and Miriam González Durántez to the Cancer Research UK Beatson Institute.  We have been able to introduce them to women in science and show how our discoveries in the lab and hospital trials are being used to benefit people with cancer. The work of Cancer Research UK scientists is vital and I hope this visit has raised awareness of the life-saving research that takes place here in Glasgow.”

Professor Karen Vousden, Director of Cancer Research UK’s Beatson Institute, said: “It’s great to shine a light on the outstanding cancer research happening here in Glasgow. Cancer remains a huge challenge and research like ours is helping to provide a greater understanding of how cancers develop and spread. It’s also a particular pleasure to be able to promote careers for women in science. Working in the field of science and research is incredibly rewarding, so Jo and Miriam’s visit is a fantastic opportunity to offer encouragement to any girls and young women who might be thinking of pursuing this as part of their future.”

Pictured Dr Saadia Karim, Jo Swinson and Miriam Gonzalez Durantez


The guests were also given a special preview of Cancer Research UK’s innovative smartphone game, developed by Guerilla Tea – a small company based in Dundee. The game, scheduled to be released in October, will be the world’s first mobile phone game which helps accelerate cures for cancer. Anyone with a smart phone and two minutes to spare can play the game which analyses gene data, which could accelerate potential new cures.

On viewing the game, Jo Swinson said:

“I was delighted to have a preview of Cancer Research UK’s new mobile phone game. As the world’s first game to help accelerate cures for cancer, I’m really excited about it being made available to the public this autumn.

“Cancer Research UK is constantly adopting creative new approaches in its research to help ensure that more people survive the disease and this cutting edge game will be a really innovative new way of extending this good work and engaging with the general public at the same time. It will be great fun to play!”

Cancer survival rates in the UK have doubled in the last 40 years and Cancer Research UK’s work has been at the heart of that progress. Thanks to the generosity of its supporters, the charity was able to spend over £24 million in Glasgow last year on some of the UK’s leading scientific and clinical research.

*All cancers (excluding non-melanoma skin cancer) diagnosed in Scotland in 2010.


Further information

The Cancer Research UK Glasgow Centre brings together scientists, doctors and nurses across the region and works in partnership with the Universities of Glasgow and Strathclyde, NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde, as well as the internationally renowned Cancer Research UK Beatson Institute.

Glasgow is host to many world class researchers, who are working to understand and find new ways to treat bowel cancer, leukaemia and many other types of cancer. Their work is also paving the way for new treatments to stop cancer cells from spreading around the body.

The innovative smartphone game

The smartphone game – yet to be named – is scheduled to be released in Autumn, and will be the world’s first mobile phone game which helps accelerate cures for cancer. It follows the highly successful CellSlider website, which has received more than 200,000 hits in over 100 countries, and helped to classify over 1.7 million images.

Although the mobile phone game will not be available until the Autumn, supporters can still support Cancer Research UK’s Research Kills Cancer campaign by classifying cancer cells at

About Cancer Research UK

Cancer Research UK is the world’s leading cancer charity dedicated to saving lives through research.

The charity’s pioneering work into the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of cancer has helped save millions of lives.

Cancer Research UK receives no government funding for its life-saving research. Every step it makes towards beating cancer relies on every pound donated.

Cancer Research UK has been at the heart of the progress that has already seen survival rates in the UK double in the last forty years.

Cancer Research UK supports research into all aspects of cancer through the work of over 4,000 scientists, doctors and nurses.

Together with its partners and supporters, Cancer Research UK’s vision is to bring forward the day when all cancers are cured.

For further information about Cancer Research UK’s work or to find out how to support the charity, please call 0300 123 1022 or visit Follow us on Twitter and Facebook.

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