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The MRC WIMM shines a spotlight on patient support - 2017

The MRC Weatherall Institute of Molecular Medicine at the University of Oxford (MRC WIMM) recently welcomed members of the Oxford and Thames Valley Myelodysplastic Syndromes Patient Support Group to discuss advances in the understanding of the disease. Myelodysplastic syndromes are a group of blood disorders in which the bone marrow fails to produce healthy blood cells.

The visit was hosted by Dr Lynn Quek, Research Fellow and Clinical Haematologist, and other members of the Vyas Lab at the MRC Molecular Haematology Unit (MRC MHU). After a series of presentations on current research in blood cancers at the MRC WIMM, visitors took part in a lively question and answer session. They were also given the opportunity to join a tour of the laboratory.

Nurse Kirsty Crozier, who leads the patient group, said: “These visits are vital in helping patients and relatives fully understand, feel informed and appreciate where advances come from in relation to their disease, even if they are not yet feeling their direct impact”.