The Paget’s Association has funded several student bursaries. You can watch a video of students discussing their projects below. This was filmed at one of our Paget's information events for those affected by the condition.
Student bursary helps scientists make an important discovery
Jasmine Sanghera, a biomedicine student at the University of East Anglia (UEA) in Norwich, was awarded the Sir Julian Paget Student Research Bursary by the Paget’s Association, to undertake research into a very rare complication of Paget’s Disease – bone cancer (osteosarcoma). We are delighted that the Sir Julian Paget Student Research Bursary contributed to a paper published in 2020.
This work was part of a larger study, which discovered how and why primary bone cancer, which is mostly a childhood cancer, spreads to the lungs. This finding is extremely important as new drugs are now in the pipeline to prevent this spread. One of the adult patient donors in the study had osteosarcoma associated with Paget’s disease and the research proved extremely insightful into comparisons between the childhood form and the Paget’s form of osteosarcoma.
Dr Darrell Green, who led the study and who once received a Student Research Bursary from the Paget’s Association himself said, “It was fascinating to see the similarities and differences between childhood and Paget’s osteosarcoma. We now have a far greater understanding of both disease states and that means we can intervene at the clinical level. This discovery would not have happened without funding from the Association, so thank you so much. Jasmine was a fantastic student and I wish her all the best with her medical career. That’s another student entering medicine with the backing of the Paget’s Association, which will also help raise awareness of the condition”.
If you have any questions about this very rare complication, please contact our Paget's Nurse Helpline.