Supporting families of children and young
 people with cancer in the East Midlands

We’re pleased to welcome a new intern to the PASIC Team!

Simaran Johal joins us on a full-time three month placement as part of her PhD programme.

It’s fantastic to have Simaran on board and she will be putting her brains to good use in her role measuring our impact and the difference PASIC makes, as well as getting stuck into fundraising.

We spoke with Simaran to find out a bit more about her studies  and why she chose to do her placement with PASIC…

The clever stuff:

“I’m currently on a PhD programme at the University of Warwick with my work being based in the field of Developmental Biology. I’m looking at what happens in cells at the stage of embryogenesis which results in the formation and positioning of certain organs. In the long term, my research will hopefully allow for further understanding of human disorders in which there are defects in organ placement as well as insight into treatments of congenital heart disease.

“Beyond my PhD I spend quite a bit of time volunteering with Anthony Nolan and the student-led group at Warwick University. I also enjoy going to the gym and eating out – got to have a bit of a balance there!”

Why PASIC?

“Throughout, and since, my teenage years, I’ve been involved in numerous charity projects and find the work thoroughly enjoyable and rewarding.

“I chose PASIC in particular as my family and I received extensive support from the charity when I was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukaemia, aged 5 . I experienced amazing help from the charity  and wanted to give back and help more families receive the benefits of the incredible work PASIC does.   

I’m hoping to gain an insight into how the charity works and how they obtain grants which help to provide funding for the work PASIC does for children and their families in the worst time of their life. I’m excited to see the difference that I can make while I’m here to young people with cancer, as well as helping to spread the word!”

 

CEO, Louise said: “We’re thrilled to welcome Simaran on board at a time when our charity’s growing, the extra help she brings is great timing. We hope to put her scientific skills to good use to help us analyse and report on the impact of our work, so supporters can see how their donations are spent, and to identify what support we need to develop in the future.”