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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

  • Movember Centre of Excellence

    The London Movember Centre of Excellence for prostate cancer research is bringing together leading researchers across different scientific disciplines to deliver a step change in outcomes for men with prostate cancer.

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  • Centre for Evolution and Cancer

    The Centre for Evolution and Cancer is applying Charles Darwin’s principle of natural selection within ecosystems to our understanding of why we develop cancer and why it is so difficult to treat.

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  • Breast Cancer Now Toby Robins Research Centre

    This centre receives most of its funding from its parent charity Breast Cancer Now, and was opened in 1999 by Breast Cancer Now's Patron, HRH The Prince of Wales.

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  • Drug Development Unit

    The Drug Development Unit was opened in February 2005 as a joint unit of the ICR and The Royal Marsden. In 2011 the unit was given a rating of ‘outstanding’ for past work and future plans.

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  • 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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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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