Sidelining Lionel Messi in fight against pancreatic cancer

About the research

About the research

Over the past five years, solid progress has been made in the fight against cancer, but unfortunately, that does not apply to pancreatic cancer. So what makes this cancer so hard to beat? Olaya Lara (VUB) explains this by comparing it to a football match. She also tells you what tactics she figures out to sideline xCT, the Lionel Messi in the pancreatic cancer team.

Olaya Lara

Helping people. That is why Olaya Lara chose to study pharmaceutical sciences. During her studies at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel, she got a taste of the world of research and realized this was the direction she wanted to continue in. With a special interest in oncology and neurosciences, she started her Ph.D. research on pancreatic cancer. Together with her colleagues, she investigates this disease beyond the tumor with a focus on inflammation and inflammation-related comorbidities.

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