King's scientists win Wellcome Image Award

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An image of a breast cancer tumour, captured by scientists from King’s Institute of Pharmaceutical Science, has been selected as one of the Wellcome Image Awards 2014 winning images.


This year’s awards, which culminated in a ceremony hosted last night by Fergus Walsh, Medical Correspondent for the BBC, invite the public to ‘come closer’ with a selection of winning images that celebrate the best in science imaging talent and techniques.



King’s winning image (above), produced by Dr Khuloud Al-Jamal and Izzat Suffian, shows high magnification images of breast cancer cells treated with doxorubicin, an anti-cancer drug used to treat many types of cancer. The purple regions show areas of cancer cells dying through a mechanism known as programmed death or ‘apoptosis', which is where cells effectively commit suicide in a controlled, predictable way. Being able to specifically turn on this pathway in cancer cells will reduce a tumour's size and hopefully limit its growth.


The 18 winning images were chosen by seven judges from all those acquired by the Wellcome Images picture library since the 2012 Awards. A striking image of a mechanical heart pump inside the chest of a patient was announced as the overall winner last night.


Other award-winning images, which can be viewed online, include electron micrographs of a kidney stone, a head louse egg, an x-ray of a bat, a three dimensional computed tomography image of a seal skull and a cross section of a flower bud.


Dr Khuloud Al-Jamal said: 'I am thrilled that our image has won an award alongside others of such a very high standard. I would like to thank the Wellcome Trust for giving us this marvelous opportunity.


‘My team works on developing nanoscale carriers to deliver anti-cancer drugs to specific targets in the body. Without such carriers, anti-cancer drugs spread throughout the body, which can have adverse side effects.’


Fergus Walsh, who was also a member of the judging panel, said: ‘As always, this year’s entries are both technically brilliant, and visually striking. Never before have I thought of a kidney stone or a nit as beautiful, but the Wellcome Image Awards show time and again that there can always be a different way of looking at things.’


For the first time, the winning images will be displayed across the UK at four major science centres as well as in a window display at the Wellcome Trust’s headquarters in London. Glasgow Science Centre, the Museum of Science and Industry (MOSI) in Manchester, Techniquest in Cardiff and W5 in Belfast will all host simultaneous exhibitions, and there will be a display at the Ruskin Gallery at Anglia Ruskin University in Cambridge during the Cambridge Science Festival, bringing these images up-close for a nationwide audience.

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