Bowel cancer research at Swansea University receives Worshipful Livery Company of Wales funding

Swansea University has reported that one of its researchers, Rory Kokelaar, who is examining new ways to tackle colorectal cancer has been awarded a travel scholarship by the Worshipful Livery Company of Wales, allowing him to present his research at a major international scientific conference.

Rory Kokelaar is a clinical lecturer and researcher at Swansea University Medical School, and has close working links with the colorectal teams at Singleton and Morriston hospitals. Once he finishes his PhD he is planning to complete his surgical training.

Colorectal cancer is now the most common gender non-specific cancer in Wales, and is the second leading cause of cancer-related death. Rory’s research is on the different ways in which rectal cancers behave. Some spread only to nearby areas, but others spread to distant parts of the body, which makes tailored care for individual patients critical. Rory’s work is looking at why certain tumours behave in different and potentially more dangerous ways. Understanding what is happening is a step towards finding better treatments.

Jenny Aubrey from the Worshipful Livery Company of Wales said “One of the Livery’s aims is to encourage and support students to progress with a specific project. The Worshipful Livery Company of Wales raises the grant money through holding dinners, concerts and other charitable events. Rory’s research is essential, and his enthusiasm for his subject is clear. We are pleased to be able to support his attendance at this international scientific conference.”

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