Professor Richard Gilbertson, Director of the CRUK Cambridge Centre
The mission of the CRUK Cambridge Centre is to reduce the morbidity and mortality of patients with cancer through research, treatment and education.
More than 500 laboratory researchers and physicians are pursuing this mission and are united through a 12 programme structure that brings together investigators working on: aerodigestive, breast, haematological, brain, ovarian, paediatric, pancreatic and urological cancers.
An additional four programmes focus on: cancer imaging, to promote our world-leading expertise in laboratory and clinical imaging research; cell and molecular biology, to engage our colleagues working in all aspects of biology relevant to cancer; early detection to support this special area of research emphasis in our CRUK Major Centre; and onco-innovation to provide a collaboration point for our colleagues in the pharmaceutical industry (e.g., AstraZeneca, Medimmune) as well as members from University departments in the physical sciences.
One of the main principles of the CRUK Cambridge Centre is the open exchange of scientific knowledge and skills across the many disciplines involved in cancer science, creating a culture of continuous learning and development for all members.
In keeping with this aim, the Centre also supports a broad programme of formal education and training designed to nurture the next generation of cancer researchers and clinicians.