The Leicester Cancer Research Centre

The University established a Department of Cancer Studies in 2003 following the restructuring of 30 Departments within the Medical School. The Department transitioned to a Research Centre in September 2017 as part of a restructuring exercise

The current Director is Professor Catrin Pritchard.

Cancer Studies has excellent laboratory and clinical facilities at Leicester Royal Infirmary and Leicester General Hospital.  It also has laboratory facilities in the Henry Welcome Building on the main University campus.  

Most cancer patients are diagnosed and managed in a modern purpose built cancer centre (the Osborne Building) on the Leicester Royal Infirmary site.  The centre contains operating theatres, a large chemotherapy suite, a modern radiotherapy unit and a clinical trials facility that runs both academic and commercial trials. 

The centre also hosts the Children’s Cancer and Leukaemia Group (CCLG), a leading children’s cancer charity and the UK and Ireland’s professional association for those involved in the treatment and care of children and teenagers with cancer. CCLG Over the last 40 years, CCLG has played a key role in the major improvements in survival rates and the standards of care for children. We bring together childhood cancer professionals to ensure all children receive the best possible treatment and care.

There are still some childhood cancers with a poor outlook, and many treatments can have long-lasting side effects. Further research is therefore vital, and the ultimate aim of CCLG is to cure as many children as possible while reducing the short and long-term side effects of treatment. They fund and support research into childhood cancers, and help young patients and their families with expert, high quality and award-winning information resources.

The centre is also host to the East Midlands Forensic Pathology Unit, which is based in the Robert Kilpatrick Building at the Leicester Royal Infirmary site.

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Congratulations to all of the MPTC MSc 2017-18 graduating students; in particular to Lilas Al Boushi who was awarded the Sydney King Prize as the best performing student.

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The LCRC would like to say a huge “Congratulations” to Sam Khan, Bethan Rogoyski and Sarah Whelan, who scooped a plethora of awards at the 42nd Annual UKEMS Meeting held in Oxford from 2-5th September 2018.  Sam won best oral presentation for "targeting cancer stem-like cells in colorectal cancer" and Bethan and Sarah won young scientist poster awards for "From anti-helminth to anti-cancer: repurposing drugs to prevent mesothelioma" and "Harnessing the link between BRAF-mediated tumourigenesis and metabolism in colorectal cancer", respectively.  WELL DONE ALL!

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In a recent exercise undertaken by the NCRI’s Clinical and Translational Radiotherapy Research Working Group (CTRad) Leicester was rated as internationally competitive/leading in the Radiation Biology Research domain, one of just four centres in the UK to achieve this rating in that domain.

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All the staff and students in the LCRC extend their congratulations to Bethan Rogoyski and Sam Khan for being awarded travel bursaries from UKEMS and Health Education England respectively so they could attend the Cancer Prevention Conference in Germany.

Bethan presented her poster entitled “From Asbestos to Zinc – Can We Prevent Mesothlioma Using Repurposed Drugs?”

Sam presented her work on TBS2017-122-SK - "Targeting Nanog in colorectal tissue explant models for the evaluation of cancer prevention agents"

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Congratulations from the LCRC to the following postgraduate student(s)

Saraa Barsoom on passing her viva  and being awarded her PhD on 16th August 2018

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Tumour analysis following surgery could provide breakthrough in predicting how well cancer patients respond to drug treatment

Details here

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New: Wellcome Trust Institutional Strategic Support Fund

Details

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Centre Health and Wellbeing Group
Join up for a walk on the park Friday lunchtime - details here.

More information from Jenny McNair jm65@le.ac.uk

Contact Details

Leicester Cancer Research Centre
Clinical Sciences Building
University of Leicester
Leicester Royal Infirmary
Leicester LE2 7LX

T: +44 (0) 116 252 3170
E: cancerstudies@le.ac.uk

(Please note this email address should not be used for clinical referrals or patient correspondence)

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The University of Leicester is committed to equal access to our facilities. DisabledGo has a detailed accessibility guide for the Robert Kilpatrick Clinical Sciences Building.