Professor Adrienne Flanagan elected to the Academy of Medical Sciences

Professor Adrienne Flanagan

Professor Adrienne Flanagan, consultant histopathologist at the Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital and clinical pathology lead of the London Sarcoma Service, has been elected to the Academy of Medical Sciences.

Professor Flanagan, who is also a grant holder on three Bone Cancer Research Trust (BCRT) projects and co-applicant for a research fellowship, is delighted to have been awarded the prestigious honour.

She is looking forward to working with the Academy, an independent body in the UK promoting medical science and its translation into benefits for society.

“I will bring my knowledge and understanding of pathology which is essential for today’s delivery of stratified medicine” she said.

Stratified medicine or personalised medicine uses genetic and other information to diagnose and treat disease, enabling researchers to tailor cancer treatments very precisely to a person’s individual cancer. One of Professor Flanagan’s BCRT-funded research projects involves creating a bio-bank of samples from osteosarcoma patients to help researchers understand the disease better.

“Working with BCRT, we have created a very large bio-bank which BCRT has very generously contributed to over the years,” she said.

“The bio-bank has allowed us to attract other sources of research funding and has been the main provider of bone tumour samples for the International Cancer Genome Consortium (ICGC) bone tumour project.

“This research has been funded by the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute and has already contributed in a significant way to the genetic understanding of chondrosarcoma, giant cell tumour and chondroblastoma. In addition, detailed genetic analysis of more than 100 osteosarcoma tumours is nearly complete.

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