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Scientists set to get £7.9m boost for cancer research

Newcastle scientists and clinicians are set to receive a major cash injection from Cancer Research UK.

The charity plans to invest around £5.9 million over the next five years at the Cancer Research UK Newcastle Centre, to fund ground-breaking work, as part of the development of a unique chain of cutting-edge research hubs around the UK.

The Cancer Research UK Newcastle Centre is a partnership between the charity, Newcastle University, The Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, the Sir Bobby Robson Foundation and the North of England Children’s Cancer Research Fund (NECCR).

Accelerating work into diagnosis

The money will be used to accelerate work into diagnosing and treating a wide range of cancers in children and adults.

This includes extending the understanding of how and why cancers develop to aid the design of new drugs, and supporting the development of personalised medicine where treatments are tailored to individual patients’ cancer.

A key part of the funding will involve training the next generation of cancer researchers - including 10 PhD students - to ensure that the brightest scientists are attracted and supported in their career in cancer research.

In addition, a further grant of nearly £2 million is planned for the Newcastle Experimental Cancer Medicine Centre (ECMC), from Cancer Research UK and the National Institute for Health Research.

This will help give people with cancer access to cutting-edge treatments and precision medicine by testing new ways of detecting and monitoring the disease and how it responds to treatment through early phase clinical trials.

For the full article please visit the Newcastle University website.


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