Free for all
Join us for the Howard Foundation 40th anniversary lecture focusing on prostate cancer. After the lecture, you are invited to join us for a drinks reception to network, relax and enjoy a refreshing drink in the RSM's iconic glass atrium.
According to statistics presented by Cancer Research UK, prostate cancer is the most common type of cancer among men in the UK with more than 52,000 new cases per year with incidence rates increasing by almost 50% since the early 1990s and projected to keep rising by 12% to 233 cases per 1,000 males by 2035.
Professor Mark Emberton, Professor of Intervention Oncology and Dean, Faculty of Medical Science at University College London, will provide an insightful presentation reflecting on the transformation of prostate cancer management within the last 10 years.
Dr Matthew Hobbs, Director of Research at Prostate Cancer UK, will also join us to say a few words about the work of the charity prioritising investing in treatment and testing.
The RSM would like to thank The Howard Foundation for their support of this hybrid event.
Dr Alan Howard (1929-2020)
Born in Norwich in 1929, Alan Howard won a scholarship to Downing College Cambridge in 1948, gaining his MA and PhD in 1955. He spent over 70 years connected with Downing as a student, researcher, teacher and benefactor.
Dr Howard became a leading scientist in the fields of atherosclerosis, obesity and latterly nutrition. He published extensively, was a writer and editor of books and journals, and organiser of international conferences.
He is most widely known as the inventor of a very low-calorie diet, known as the Cambridge Diet, the result of many years of research and clinical trials in the 1960s and 1970s. This became a patented formula that sold widely in America and Europe in the 1980s and continues to flourish today through the company he founded, now known as Cambridge Weightplan.
For the final 20 years of his life, Alan led research into the role of macular carotenoids on vision and memory, latterly working with the Waterford Institute of Technology in Ireland.
In 1982 he created an English charitable trust, the Howard Foundation, which has supported numerous scientific research projects. The Foundation has also donated generously to Downing College, enabling the construction of three buildings including a magnificent neoclassical theatre. His son Jon, and daughter Julie, lawyer and dietitian respectively, continue to run the Howard Foundation alongside two other Trustees.
Dr Howard died aged 91 in June 2020. His legacy continues with both the work of the Howard Foundation and BON, the Brain and Optical Nutrition network of scientists.
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