Laura Owen is a Consultant Clinical Scientist at Salford Royal NHS Foundation Trust and honorary senior lecturer at the University of Manchester .. Read more where she teaches chromatography and mass spectrometry at Master’s level. While working at Wythenshawe hospital and in collaboration with the Christie hospital she became interested in the limitations of immunoassay measurement especially when using it in the breast cancer population. Laura developed and implemented the UK’s first LC-MS/MS assay for oestradiol in an NHS UKAS accredited laboratory which was made available for patient care and clinical trials. Oestradiol (also spelled Estradiol) measurement by LC-MS/MS has demonstrated superior sensitivity and specificity over immunoassay but despite this, use of immunoassay remains commonplace. Measuring oestradiol by LC-MS/MS is not without its challenges for which there are several approaches. It will also examine how oestradiol measurement is used in a breast cancer population as a guide for treatment decisions and how different analytical approaches might impact upon these decisions. Federal University of Rio de Janeiro - Ph.D. Natural Products Chemistry Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul - Msc.
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