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The Secret Tulip Artwork Project

The Secret Tulip Artwork Project is raising money for UCARE. It will feature anonymous works of art of a tulip, from professional artists, amateur artists, celebrities, a host of household names, friends and supporters. As you will see from our logo, UCARE has a pink stylised ‘U’ which looks like a tulip. On the strength of this we have adopted the tulip as our emblem.

  • We ask artists to create a piece of art, using their medium of choice ie photography; sew/stitch; ceramics; jewellery; glass-; wood- or metal– work.
  • Paint/draw/sketch us a personalised picture of a tulip, using the medium, style and surface of your choice, about 21 x 15 cm [8” x 6”]. Please sign on the back. It can be framed or unframed.
  • UCARE will then hold a preview evening before auctioning the work by our anonymous artists, to raise money for urology cancer research and to help us raise awareness.
  • It means that art lovers will have a chance to buy your piece of art, hang a painting in their home, all of which could have been created by any one of the artists we will list at preview - and who will not be revealed to the buyer until the work is sold.
  • We would like to collate all our pieces of art and paintings by 30th September 2015.
  • We ask for a short CV so we can promote the artist and their work at the preview.

Breaking news: UCARE funded researchers take first step to unlocking new treatments for both prostate and breast cancer

Many of you are familiar with the work of Dr Val Macaulay and her team, and will have seen in the Summer 2014 newsletter in the Voices of UCARE a piece from Val about her research work and the importance of the UCARE funding to that work. As well as working on prostate cancer, Dr Macaulay and her team’s work also focuses on breast cancer which is funded by the Breast Cancer Campaign.

In a paper published in the journal Cancer Research, Dr Macaulay’s team used breast cancer cells grown in the lab, to find proteins that affect how well breast cancer cells are killed by IGF-1R blockers. In parallel with this work on breast cancer, Dr Macaulay’s team conducted experiments in prostate cancer. This part of the work was funded by your support of UCARE. As with breast cancer, the results showed that reducing the amount of DVL3, or blocking DVL3 with a chemical drug, made the prostate cancer cells easier to kill with IGF-1R blockers.

Valerie Berry, Development Officer at UCARE, said:

We are very happy to have been able to support this work, which will help cancer researchers to find out which prostate cancer patients may respond to treatment with IGF-1R blockers. This work also suggests that it may be beneficial to test combinations of drugs that block DVL3 and IGF-1R.

Dr Lisa Wilde, Director of Research at Breast Cancer Campaign, said:

This is the first step to unlocking a new type of treatment, IGF-1R blockers, for the women with breast cancer who are most likely to benefit.

More information is on the Breast Cancer Campaign website.