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Queen’s University awarded £3.6m to lead nationwide research programme

Published: Thursday, 13 August 2015   Category: All Graduate Jobs News

Belfast’s Queen’s University will lead a nationwide research programme looking into the study of cancer after receiving £3.6 million from Cancer Research UK.

The institution is set to explore how digital pathology can be enhanced to quantify specific markers relating to tumours.

The CRUK Accelerator Award will draw on the experience of cancer pathologists, immunologists and biologists from the Belfast Cancer Research UK Centre while working in partnership with a number of other institutions.

Alongside the Institute of Cancer Research, the partnership also includes the Universities of Southampton, Manchester and Newcastle, as well as University College London.

It is hoped that the award will help to drive the delivery of Precision Medicine in the UK with the help of a national digital pathology programme.

The Belfast team are experts in the field of identifying faulty genes and the molecules associated with tumours, with the support of software programmes that enable high-resolution images to be developed.

Queen’s Professor David Waugh, Director of the Centre for Cancer Centre and Cell Biology, said the award was a sign that staff at Queens are “at the cutting edge of the latest innovations” to boost care for those with cancer.

He also congratulated fellow Professors Manuel Salto-Tellez and Peter Hamilton for leading the successful bid.

Professor Waugh added that the award was also recognition of the partnerships being formed by the Centre at Queen’s as it bids to provide advances in cancer care strategies.

An education and training facility in pathology will also be developed to provide support for the national network, giving opportunities to those considering a career in the sector.

Queen’s has pioneered new approaches to cancer research in recent years which have helped to develop a wider understanding of how it can be identified and treated.

The initiative will be officially launched on 19-20 August when researchers from other collaborating UK institutions will meet at Queen’s University.

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