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20,000 € given during the big Télévie evening

Besides the challenge, other actions allowed to raise funds for the FNRS: the sale of Télévie candies and cakes on campus as well as a teacher-student improv game organized by the ImproNam. UNamur was also able to count on the support of its partners, sponsors and alumni who sponsored the participants of the bike challenge.

Thanks to everyone's commitment, the Vice-Rector for Research Carine Michiels and the Dean of the Faculty of Medicine Pierre Garin handed over a cheque for €20,000 during the Télévie evening on Saturday 22 April.

"We're coming to cycle for a good cause!"

On the square in front of the Moretus Plantin University Library (BUMP), students and staff members could be found motivated by the idea of raising funds for scientific research through a sporting activity. The Télévie bike challenge was indeed back at UNamur for a second edition. If we all know the expression "Time is money", in the case of the cycling challenge, it was more like kilometers! Indeed,  CBC Banque, partner of the event, donated 2 € for each kilometer ridden during this charitable operation.

Once installed on the home trainers, the participants engaged in a virtual race experienced in real time thanks to the connected screens. If the task seemed easy, in reality, the home trainers reproduced the effects of a real bike race, with its flats, its descents but also its climbs! This equipment was made available by the bicycle company Bicyclic, which had renewed its commitment to UNamur and CBC Banque.

Within the framework of the Printemps à vélo, the Groupe Vélo UNamur proposed other activities around the little queen: a 10 km ride in the center of Namur, also in aid of Télévie, a mechanical workshop offered by Bicyclic, or advice on how to get around town by bike and on the advantages at UNamur of going to work by bike. After the effort, the comfort! The General Assembly of Students (AGE) supplied the runners and the public who came to support them with a bar and a BBQ, the proceeds of which were also entirely donated to scientific research against cancer.

UNamur would like to thank all the partners and sponsors who have mobilized at its side within the framework of the operation Télévie 2023, as well as all the members of the university community who have taken part in the different activities.

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Laboratories that work on cancer at UNamur

UNamur has several entities active in the fight against cancer within the Faculty of Medicine, the Faculty of Science and the NARILIS Institute. Today, 4 laboratories host Télévie researchers: the Molecular Genetics Laboratory, the Cell Biology Research Unit, the Integrated Veterinary Research Unit and the Nuclear Reaction Analysis Laboratory. Other cancer research projects are also conducted in the Molecular Physiology Research Unit (URPhyM), the Department of Pharmacy and the Department of Chemistry.