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Centres and collaborations

The Institute of Cancer Research, London, works in partnership with funders to deliver a number of major research centres and collaborations focused on key strategic priorities. Some of these are housed within individual research divisions at the ICR, while others cut across several divisions and organisations to help drive collaboration between them.

Featured centres

  • London Cancer Hub

    The London Cancer Hub is a collaboration between the ICR and the London Borough of Sutton, with the support of The Royal Marsden and the Greater London Authority. It aims to create more than 13,000 jobs and will deliver at least two extra cancer drugs every five years.

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  • Cancer Research UK Cancer Therapeutics Unit

    This unit is the largest academic cancer drug discovery and development group worldwide, and its 12 research teams cover every aspect of new drug discovery.

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  • Cancer Research Centre of Excellence

    A strategic partnership between Imperial College London and The Institute of Cancer Research.

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  • Centre for Systems Oncology and Cancer Innovation

    This centre is a joint initiative between the ICR and Imperial College London with a vision to deliver a whole-systems approach to diagnosis, prognosis, and discovery.

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  • Tumour Profiling Unit

    By working with clinicians and scientists to divide tumour types into genetic subgroups, the Tumour Profiling Unit helps to improve clinical outcomes for patients with these specific tumours.

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  • Joint Department of Physics

    This department conducts translates research and development of medical physics into clinical practice. It is a collaboration of academic and clinical staff from the ICR and The Royal Marsden.

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Centres at the ICR

Many of our centres are contained wholly within the ICR and draw upon our excellent pool of researchers and facilities to produce world-class cancer research. The centres cover a diverse range of fields including evolution, imaging, molecular biology and clinical trials.

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The Royal Marsden partnerships

The Royal Marsden NHS Foundation Trust is a world-leading specialist cancer hospital. The ICR works in close partnership with The Royal Marsden across a number of centres to take the results of our research rapidly into the clinic, with the aim of developing better treatments for cancer patients.

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Strategic collaborations

The ICR has developed strong links with a number of major cancer research organisations. These include a number of collaborations where ICR researchers can work closely with researchers from other organisations to deliver faster results.

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