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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SEND Study Success

Congratulations to Chris Avery, Honorary Associate Professor and Consultant Maxillofacial Surgeon, who with collaborating colleagues published the findings of the significant SEND study, a multi-centre randomised trial using two different surgical protocols for  mouth cancer treatment.  A nationwide first for this type of trial, using real-world data.  The paper, published in the British Journal of Cancer, is available by clicking this link: SEND Paper


Congratulations from the LCRC to Bethan Rogoyski and Aleksandra Bzura.

Bethan won best oral presentation at the AMS Midlands Academy of Medical Sciences Festival held on 27th March 2019 for her presentation on "Redeployment: The potential of repurposed drugs in preventing mesothelioma".

Aleks won the University PGR poster fair competition on 18th March 2019 for her poster entitled "New hope for treating mesothelioma cancer using PARP inhibitors".

Also, a huge well done to Grandezza Aburido who was in the semi-finals of the PGR poster fair.


New: Wellcome Trust Institutional Strategic Support Fund



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More information from Jenny McNair

Contact Details

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

T: +44 (0) 116 252 3170

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

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