Mr Stuart Smith is a Clinical Associate Professor of Neurosurgery with the Nottingham University Hospital NHS Trust, he also holds a post as a researcher at the University of Nottingham. In 2013, Mr Smith received the "courtesy title of Hunterian Professor", a prize from the Royal College Surgeons of England for his high quality surgical research.
Mr Smith will be using the 5-ALA drink which is taken by patients ahead of surgery to make tumorous cells glow pink (and why it's also known as 'the pink drink') to analyse the residual cancer cells left in a patient's brain after surgery.
By removing these cells - which will also glow pink - and identifying the precise mutations within them, he hopes to develop targeted treatments which could lead to fewer tumour recurrences.
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