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Deborah James awarded prestigious Science Museum Group Fellowship Award

Sun columnist, ‘Bowelbabe’ blogger, podcaster, campaigner and fundraiser for a range of cancer charities, Deborah James, has been awarded the prestigious Science Museum Group fellowship for all the cancer related work she has undertaken since her diagnosis with Stage 4 bowel cancer in 2016.

The award was presented by the Science Museum Group’s Chair, Dame Mary Archer, at a special event held at the Science Museum in London.

Deborah, who was accompanied by her husband Sebastien, was chosen for her tireless work across social media, blogs, articles and broadcast spreading positivity and awareness about cancer research, treatments and the experience of patients, and highlighting the importance of early diagnosis and research to a wider audience. As well as the ongoing support she has given the Group, particularly her role on the advisory board for the recent world-first Cancer Revolution: Science, innovation and hope exhibition.

Currently at the Science and Industry Museum in Manchester until 27 March before it moves to the Science Museum in May, Cancer Revolution was created with help from expert partner, Cancer Research UK, and is the first major object-rich exhibition to reveal the past, present and future of how cancer is prevented, detected and treated.

The Group’s Fellows Programme was launched in 2009, as part of the Science Museum’s centenary celebrations. It recognises some of the scientists and individuals who have changed our world through academic research, design and technology as well as scientific communications and philanthropy. This means Deborah will be in good company, joining the likes of Sir David Attenborough, Professor Stephen Hawking and Her Majesty the Queen as past and present Fellows.

At the Science and Industry Museum, the exhibition is funded by principal sponsor Pfizer and major sponsor QIAGEN, with support from Redx Pharma Plc.

At the Science Museum, the exhibition is funded by principal sponsor Pfizer, with support from Julian Howard.

For more information about Cancer Revolution: Science, innovation and hope exhibition and to book free tickets to see it at the Science and Industry Museum in Manchester, visit

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Cancer Revolution: Science, innovation and hope 
22 October 2021 – 27 March 2022 
Science and Industry Museum, Manchester 

Cancer Revolution: Science, innovation and hope
25 May 2022 – January 2023
Science Museum, London 


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