Cervical cancer under the spotlight

22 October 2008 | Story by Chris McEvoy

Dr Virna Leaner
Profiler: Dr Virna Leaner is the recipient of a 2008 TW Kambule NRF Research Award.

UCT's Dr Virna Leaner, recipient of a 2008 National Science and Technology Forum (NSTF) Category J Award, delivered a special lecture on cervical cancer research on 21 October.

In her lecture, Identification of Biomarkers and Cancer Therapeutic Targets, Leaner, a senior lecturer in medical biochemistry in the Faculty of Health Sciences, spoke on the university's recent research in identifying profiles and genes associated with the development of cervical cancer.

In South Africa, cancer of the cervix is the second most common cancer among women, and around 2.5 million women carry the viruses that cause it.

The NSTF Category J awards, also known as the TW Kambule NRF Research Awards, are made to four black individuals in South Africa who have made outstanding contributions to science, engineering and technology and who are role models.

Leaner's research work has been published in a number of definitive medical research journals, such as Current Cancer Therapy Reviews.

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