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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

  • Biomedical Research Centre

    The National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Biomedical Research Centre (BRC) at The Royal Marsden and the ICR is the only BRC to specifically focus on cancer. Its aim is to drive pioneering, translational and clinical research.

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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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  • Centre for Molecular Pathology

    This centre is a collaborative initiative between The Royal Marsden the ICR that aims to identify the molecular mechanisms that drive cancers and to target them with a new generation of treatments.

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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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  • Clinical Trials and Statistical Unit

    The ICR Clinical Trials and Statistics Unit (ICR-CTSU) leads the design, conduct and analysis of phase II and III national and international cancer clinical trials. Our findings directly influence clinical practice within the NHS and worldwide.

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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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