Video for schools: Creating cancer treatments
Our video and resource pack allows students to explore how our researchers discover new cancer drugs and develop them for patients.
Designed for GCSE students, it includes a 10-minute video presented by ICR researchers, a suite of classroom activities to support students’ learning, and a lesson-style presentation containing answers to the activities.
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Booklet for students: Careers in cancer research
Our world-leading research is conducted by people with a wide range of different skills, backgrounds and viewpoints. Our workforce includes researchers with backgrounds in maths, computer science, chemistry and physics, as well as in medicine and biology.
Our careers booklet for secondary school and sixth-form students provides an overview of the careers available in cancer research. It gives readers an idea of what it’s like to work at the ICR, and provides information about next steps for a career as a cancer researcher.
The booklet, which was funded by the Biochemical Society, is available to download.
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Activity for schools: Think like a scientist
Scientists from many different disciplines contribute to the ICR’s world-leading cancer research. While their areas of expertise may differ, they all use the scientific method to test hypotheses and broaden their knowledge.
In our ‘think like a scientist’ challenge, students design and run an experiment based on enzymes and cancer. By leading their own research and showcasing the results in a scientific poster, students learn first-hand about the scientific method.
It is designed for year 7-9 students and can be delivered in class or as part of a science club.
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Intro to competition and ICR
What are enzymes, and enzymes in cancer
Guide to your experiment
Guide to writing up your experiment
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Poster for schools: How cancer drugs are made
Our printable poster explains how cancer drugs are made and can be used to support students’ learning about drug discovery and development. It is designed for GCSE and A-level learners and was funded by the Biochemical Society.
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Poster for schools: DNA and cancer
The ICR was the first place in the world to show that cancer is caused by damage to DNA. We now know that cancer is a genetic disease caused by faults – mutations – in our DNA.
Our printable DNA and cancer poster describes the role of DNA in cancer and explains how researchers are using this knowledge to defeat cancer.
This poster, funded by the Biochemical Society, is aimed at GCSE and A-level students.
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