Prof Valerie Speirs

University of Aberdeen

Prof Valerie Speirs obtained a BSc in Zoology from the University of Aberdeen followed by her PhD in Cancer Biology from the University of Glasgow. She became a Fellow of the Royal College of Pathologists in 2007 (published works) and is a Fellow of the Higher Education Authority. Her scientific career has included spells at the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto, Canada, and the universities of Liverpool, Hull and Leeds. She obtained a Personal Chair in Experimental Pathology & Oncology at the University of Leeds in 2012 and relocated to her alma mater in July 2018 as Chair in Molecular Oncology. Her research portfolio focuses on oestrogen receptor biology, endocrine resistant breast cancer, male breast cancer and developing improved in vitro models of breast cancer to explore the role of the tumour microenvironment.

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Breast cancer: not just for women

Male breast cancer has been understudied for decades. Men receiving a breast cancer diagnosis are treated in the same way as women, based on assumptions that the underlying biology is identical between genders. I will present an overview of what we have learned about male breast cancer over the last decade, how this differs to breast cancer in women, and outline how some of these findings may be exploited therapeutically.


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