East and Bays Courier : March 28th 2012
www.eastandbayscourier.co.nz 4 EAST & BAYS COURIER, MARCH 28, 2012 NEWS Sales Suite: Open Weekdays, 10am to 3pm or by appointment Located at the end of James Cook Crescent, Remuera Choose your apartment now and move in next year Remuera Rise is registered under the Retirement Villages Act 2003. Registration number 2557887 DINING ROOM AND CAFÉ • LOUNGE • BAR • LIBRARY • HOBBIES ROOM • GYMNASIUM • SWIMMING POOL AND SPA • HAIR SALON • 24 HOUR EMERGENCY CALL • CARE SUITES Remuera Rise will offer a wonderful retirement lifestyle with a range of top quality facilities within a relaxed and supportive community environment. This village will be set in a unique residential setting within the leafy, landscaped surroundings of Broadway Park, with views to Rangitoto and the beautiful Hauraki Gulf. Broadway Park is ideally located close to Newmarket where you will find some of the best shopping in Auckland and a wonderful variety of cafés and restaurants. Choose from a range of elegant and comfortable one and two bedroom apartments. For more information about the unique luxury lifestyle that Remuera Rise can offer you, call Michelle on 522 7392 or visit our Sales Suite. www.remuerarise.co.nz Lobby* Swimming Pool* * Computer Generated Image e&b _J13050 Remuera Rise Under Construction Now Cancer work honour Life's work: Cancer researcher Bruce Baguley has been appointed a Distinguished Professor at Auckland University. Photo: AMY McGILLIVRAY By AMY McGILLIVRAY LAURELS Two other East and Bays residents have also been made Distinguished Professors at Auckland University this year. Professor Rod Ellis of Parnell has been recognised for his work in the area of second language acquisition and teaching languages. Orakei's Professor Jane Harding, deputy vice-chancellor of Research, has been recognised for her work in fetal and neonatal physiology. She is one of the founding members of the Liggins Institute. Not many people would know more about cancer than Professor Bruce Baguley. His commitment to teaching and researching cancer at Auck- land University for the last 44 years has been recognised in his appointment as a Distinguished Professor. He is one of 13 staff members given the title this year. It was a bit unexpected. It's nice in a way to have that kind of recognition,'' he says. The Remuera resident initially studied chemistry at Auckland University although that was not quite the field he wanted to be in. I was always interested in medical research but had no idea how to do it. When I started I wanted to do biochemistry but it wasn't offered so I did chemistry.'' He later moved into the newly formed cell biology department for postgraduate study before head- ing to Switzerland to do research for two years. By chance the project I was working on was a cancer research project. It was just serendipity really,'' he says. While he was away the Auck- land Cancer Society Research Centre was formed at Auckland University and Professor Baguley was asked to join. He returned in 1968 and has never looked back. Professor Baguley has been director of the centre for 30 years. Being able to talk to cancer patients from early on in his career has been useful scientifi- cally and encouraged him to keep working towards a solution. I went down to talk to the patients while their blood samples were being taken. It's really shaped the sort of work I've been doing,'' he says. Not only do you get a bit of inspiration from the patients, you get a bit of insight into the biology and how the body works and that it involves the whole person. You can't do it just by looking at cells alone.'' The highlights of his career have been helping to get patients access to new drugs. In 1970 the centre formulated the drug Amsacrine. First tested in 1978, it is still being used today in the treatment of leukaemia. Recently a treatment formulated by Professor Baguley and the team made it to the early stages of clinical trial but results meant it did not progress. One person had a dramatic response to the medication where a tumour covering half of her chest was successfully treated but other results were not so favour- able, he says. It is always disappointing when it looked so promising. It's things like that that give you ideas that you can cure can- cer. What I'm really interested in is that complete cure rather than just a few months. It's a constant challenge. I don't think it's going to be easy and there's not going to be one drug that does the whole thing.''
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