University of Leicester receives funding boost for UK’s biggest cancer killer

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University of Leicester Launches Innovative Study Into UK's Biggest Cancer Killer
University of Leicester receives funding boost for UK’s biggest cancer killer

Dr Jacqueline Shaw of the Department of Cancer Studies and Molecular Medicine.

Issued by The Roy Castle Lung Cancer Foundation on 29 November 2012

Researchers from the University of Leicester and the MRC Toxicology Unit have won a share of a £1million funding boost for lung cancer research.

The team, led by Dr Jacqueline Shaw, includes Dr LM Martins (MRC Toxicology Unit Leicester) Dr JH Pringle, Professor D Fennel and Professor C Pritchard (University of Leicester).  The award is one of nine projects across the UK to receive funding from the Roy Castle Lung Cancer Foundation.

The £150k project is aiming to establish whether a genetic screening test could be developed for lung cancer, allowing it to be diagnosed early when it can still be cured.

The researchers will attempt to identify mutations of key cancer genes through blood tests, which as well as helping diagnose lung cancer early could also inform what therapy the patient is then given.

Consultant oncologist David Gilligan, who is head of the charity’s grants committee, said: “Considering the fact it kills more people than any other cancer, lung cancer research is shockingly underfunded.

“We are delighted to be able to announce these new projects, which we hope will eventually make a real difference to how lung cancer is diagnosed and how patients are treated.

“None of this would be possible without the generous donations from the public and, in particular, the legacies we have received which fund one in three of all our research projects.”

Dr Shaw said: “It is an honour to be awarded this grant funding in Roy Castle’s name. It is vital to improve early diagnosis rates in lung cancer, and we hope that our grant will contribute toward this.”

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