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12 June 2009 | PR 09/71

Loughborough to undertake breast cancer research

Loughborough University has been awarded a grant for research into the potential early detection of breast tumours using microwave medical imaging.

The project, which is led by Dr Alex Feresidis, Senior Lecturer in the Department of Electronic and Electrical Engineering, will investigate microwave medical imaging as a potential low-cost alternative to current X-Ray techniques. It is hoped that these techniques will allow the earlier detection of breast tumours in cancer patients.

The research is cross-disciplinary and will be a collaboration between Dr Feresidis, Professor Alastair Gale from the Applied Vision Research Centre, University Hospitals Leicester and the University of Leicester. Professor Gale is no stranger to research into breast cancer and has been involved in the NHS Breast Screening Programme for over 20 years. He also has extensive experience in examining radiological performance in different medical imaging domains.

The research grant for the project, which totals £96,262, has been awarded jointly by the Medical Research Council (MRC), the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) and Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC).

Said Dr Feresidis: “The main aim of the project is to use a new microwave imaging technology and research to help diagnose breast tumours at the earliest possible opportunity.

“This is very much preliminary research in this new imaging technique in the UK and the project will run over the next 12 months. We hope to have some positive findings in a year’s time.”

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Loughborough is one of the country’s leading universities, with an international reputation for excellence in teaching and research, strong links with industry and unrivalled sporting achievement.

It was awarded the coveted Sunday Times University of the Year 2008-09 title, and is consistently ranked in the top twenty of UK universities in national newspaper league tables. In the 2008 National Student Survey, Loughborough was voted one of the top five universities in the UK, with 22 out of 30 of its subject areas being ranked in the top ten for overall satisfaction. It was named winner of the 2006, 2007 and 2008 Times Higher award for the UK’s Best Student Experience and winner of the 2007 award for Outstanding Support for Overseas Students. In recognition of its contribution to the sector, the University has been awarded six Queen's Anniversary Prizes – an achievement bettered by no other institution.

It is a member of the esteemed 1994 Group – a set of internationally recognised, research-intensive universities – and has a reputation for the relevance of its work. Its degree programmes are highly regarded by professional institutions and businesses, and its graduates are consistently targeted by the UK’s top recruiters.

Loughborough is also the UK’s premier university for sport. It has perhaps the best integrated sports development environment in the world and is home to some of the country’s leading coaches, sports scientists and support staff. It also has the country’s largest concentration of world-class training facilities across a wide range of sports.

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