MaraFUN for JWCC scientists

Tuesday, May 27, 2014
Dundee runner-researchers relay for revenues

Jacqui Wood Cancer Centre research scientists and PhD students took to the streets of Forfar to run in May's 2014 Marafun, organised by the Rotary Club of Forfar.

The biannual Marafun has raised more than £140,000 to support vital cancer research in Dundee - one of the UK's leading centres which works across the the complete scientific spectrum, from laboratory based research to drug development, patient care and cancer prevention.

The runner-researchers, based at Ninewells Hospital and Medical School, were led by Dr Marios Stavridis and included three Ninewells Cancer Campaign funded PhD students.

"This was a great event and the Forfar Rotary Club should be congratulated for their hard work ensuring everything ran like clockwork," said Dr Stavridis. "All the runners had a fantastic day and were delighted to help raise some money for the Ninewells Cancer Campaign. We thank all our sponsors and of course the people who came out to cheer us all on!"

"The Angus Marafun organised by the Rotary Club of Forfar was a great success," said Lady Fiona Fraser, Chairwoman of Ninewells Cancer Campaign. "It was greatly appreciated that four teams from the Jacqui Wood Cancer Centre took part and joined in the fun  of the day.  A huge 'thank you' to them and to Rotary Club of Forfar."

The researchers ran four relay marathons.

The teams were:

Team 1 (supervisors and first team home) Marios Stavridis, Adrian Saurin, Laureano de la Vega, Andy South, Mark Saville

Team 2 (all MRes Cancer Biology and PhD students) Lauren Tebay, Tanja Domke*, Sai Puttagunta, Lois Paton, Laura Torrente Fernandez*

Team 3 (also all MRes Cancer Biology and PhD students) Wikrom Wongpaiboonwattana, Alana Burns, Guilia Vallardi, Andrew Kidger, Magda Reis*

Team 4 (Tayside Tissue Bank) Ian Forgie, Phil Quinlan, Martin Groves (plus PhD students) Adam Ryan, Linda Smith

* Laura, Magda and Tanja are Ninewells Cancer Centre funded students.