Taking on the challenge


'IN THE 1960s, the Imperial Cancer Research Fund approached Guernsey and said: 'Would you be able to take part in really exciting research into cancer in general and breast cancer in particular?',' explained Roger Allsopp, who has been involved with the project for 30 years.

During that time, the collection was used in various research projects, but a breakthrough in technology a few years back looked capable of unlocking more information in the samples.

'It looked possible that by applying cutting-edge technology to the samples we could learn something very important: we just needed a knight in shining armour to develop the idea.

'Along came Paul, who was very prepared to take on the challenge. He is an international figure in the world of biochemistry and genetics and I'm grateful he's involved,' said Roger, who in 2006 became the second oldest man in the British Isles to swim the Channel, raising money for Hope for Guernsey, the local branch of the Wessex Medical Research Trust. The charity has been a major financial contributor to Paul's research, which would not have got under way without it.

'Nothing would have happened without the extraordinary generosity of Guernsey people, who have to date put huge amounts of money into the project. And, of course, it would not have happened if it hadn't been for the thousands of women who took part.

GEP Article by Nicci Martel 14/11/2008

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