Podcast – BBC Radio 4, Inside Health
Sir John Burn and the genetics of Cancer
Professor Sir John Burn, has made Newcastle on Tyne a centre for research on genetics and disease. He was one of the first British doctors to champion the study of genes in medicine back in the 1980s. More recently his research with families with a propensity to develop certain cancers has shown the benefits of taking aspirin as a prevention against the disease. John Burn was part of the team that set up the Centre for Life on derelict industrial land near the River Tyne, where the public can watch research in action. It now attracts a quarter of a million visitors each year to its public science centre. John Burn was knighted for services to medicine in 2010 and was one of first 20 ‘local heroes’ to have a brass plaque on Newcastle Quayside in 2014, alongside Cardinal Hume, Alan Shearer and Ant and Dec.
Hear the extract from the interview on the video below or click this link for the full interview.
With kind permission of
J.S. Al-Khalili OBE
Professor of Physics and Professor of the Public Engagement in Science
Department of Physics, University of Surrey, Guildford GU2 7XH, UK