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Hear direct from researchers at The Rosalind Franklin Institute on the latest cutting-edge treatments for cancer. Zoltan Takats is a researcher in the field of Mass Spectrometry and was one of the iKnife inventors, a tool which allows samples to be collected and analysed during surgery to identify cancerous tissue. This gives doctors real-time information and allows them to make better informed decisions about how to treat patients. Laura Holland will discuss how technologies developed at the Franklin will allow scientists to better visualise cells, understand how drugs interact with cells and identify possible new treatments.

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Biographies

Dr Zoltan Takats has pursued pioneering research in mass spectrometry and he is one of the founders of the field of ‘Ambient Mass Spectrometry’. He is the primary inventor of six mass spectrometric ionization techniques and was one of the primary inventors of the iKnife, this tool allowed samples to be collected and analysed during surgery to identify whether tissue was cancerous or not. This gives doctors real-time information and allows them to make better informed decisions about how to treat patients. Zoltan is Science Co-Director of Biological Mass Spectrometry at the Rosalind Franklin Institute and Professor of Analytical Chemistry at Imperial College London. He obtained his PhD from Eötvös Loránd University, Budapest, Hungary. He has since held research positions in the USA, Budapest, Germany and the UK.

Venue

Town Hall, Pillar Room

The Town Hall, situated on Imperial Gardens in the centre of Cheltenham comprises of a Grand Main Hall, distinguished by its Corinthian styles columns and coved ceiling. The Main Hall is accompanied by dining and drawing rooms, as well as the Pillar Room bar.

The venue’s early 20th century Edwardian elegance makes it the classic ‘shoebox’ concert hall. With a seating capacity of 900, the Town Hall is perfectly suited to grand symphony orchestra performances with a thrilling impact.

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