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UCLan lecturer to take skydive plunge to enable pioneering cancer research

21 August 2014

Lyndsey Boardman

Lisa takes on challenge to raise cash for her brain tumour research project

A University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) lecturer is set to overcome her ultimate fear of heights and falling as she takes her first skydive this weekend to raise funds for her ground-breaking research into brain tumours.

Dr Lisa Shaw, a 34-year-old lecturer at the University, will plunge 15,000ft in a tandem skydive on Saturday 23 August to raise funds for brain tumour charity Inbetweenears which looks after young adults suffering from brain tumours and for which Lisa is currently conducting specialist research for.

The mum-of-one commented: “I am petrified of heights and feel sick standing close to the edge of a cliff so I really am facing my ultimate fear. This project is really personal to me; I want to raise as much money as I can to continue my research and this massive challenge seemed like a great way to do it.”

Lisa has so far generated £2,500 for the charity and will need around £15,000 over the next two years to continue her research, conducted at UCLan, into treating brain tumours as accurately as possible using nanotechnology. She is part of the Neuro Oncology Research Group at the University and is working with Royal Preston Hospital on the project.

“We are looking at new ways to treat brain tumours that is really at the forefront of research in this area.”

She said: “We are looking at new ways to treat brain tumours that is really at the forefront of research in this area.

“Essentially we want to treat tumours using something called aptamers which are molecules that bind to specific cancer molecules. We want to attach an aptamer to a nano-particle which contains cancer treatment drugs and specifically target the brain tumour and avoid damage to healthy tissue. The money I raise from the skydive will go directly towards this research.”

Lisa, who has worked at UCLan since 2009, will be joined by her brother Liam Shaw for the challenge at the Black Knights Parachute Centre in Lancaster. Anyone wanting to donate can do so through Lisa’s Just Giving page -

Inbetweenears was set up by Jay Lynchenhaun following his brain tumour diagnosis in 2011 and specifically supports young adults with brain tumours. Find out more by visiting