The Cancer Research UK Centre supports innovative translational research activities at the ICR and The Royal Marsden NHS Foundation Trust aimed at delivering precision cancer treatment. Research infrastructure funding to our joint Drug Development Unit forms a large part of the centre funding and will help expand the number of investigator-initiated trials we undertake and the sequencing analysis of patient samples from these trials. Funding for the Cancer Research UK Centre was first renewed in April 2014 and then again in December 2016.
Radiotherapy physics research within the centre is focused on the development of integrated treatment and imaging technologies, preclinical studies of radiation-induced biological effects on tumours and healthy tissues, and the translation of technologies into clinical practice. The aim of this research is to develop the most efficient and accurate radiation treatments.
An Informatics Facility has been established to capture, analyse, model and integrate data from across the centre. This is comprised of interdisciplinary staff and includes statisticians, bioinformaticians, computer scientists, data modellers and web developers. Training of the next generation of cancer researchers is also a vital component of the Cancer Research UK Centre with funding provided for clinical and non-clinical PhD training programmes.
The centre recognises the importance of engagement activities to encourage the talent of the future and help make young people aware of opportunities for careers in cancer research. We are developing activities designed to engage with school-age students and support their national curriculum learning activities.