WORLDWIDE Cancer Research today announced the 16 new projects being funded in the UK and worldwide to start new cancer cures, as the charity’s CEO highlighted the power of global research in saving and improving lives.
Reflecting on the past year, where global research accelerated a safe and effective COVID-19 vaccine on an unprecedented scale, Dr Helen Rippon underlined the importance of funding lifesaving research into new cures for cancer and her hope that people would have a greater appreciation of the role research plays in saving lives.
A total of 16 institutes, in 15 cities across eight countries have now received £3.2m of funding – three of which are UK-based – to fund research into 11 different cancer types, as well as fundamental research.
The UK projects which will take place in Dundee, Birmingham and London respectively, involve:
- understanding the development of sarcoma – a rare tissue cancer – to identify new treatments
- tracking immune cells to improve immunotherapy for patients
- finding out how to switch anti-cancer genes back ‘on’ to develop new treatments for Non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma
Since it was established in 1979, Worldwide Cancer Research has funded over £200million of research in over 30 countries to start new cancer cures.
Dr Helen Rippon, Chief Executive, Worldwide Cancer Research, said:
“We are delighted to unveil the hugely exciting new research projects we’re funding on a day where the world comes together to highlight the importance of cancer prevention, detection and treatment.
“We care deeply about improving the lives of those with cancer and are committed to making sure cancer research is at the top of the agenda in 2021.
“The past year has shown us the vital role research plays in improving the lives of people across the world, with the global research community coming together to deliver COVID-19 vaccines at a phenomenal pace.
“It has also demonstrated what can be achieved when dedicated scientists with the brightest minds come together to solve a problem, and on World Cancer Day, I’d like to thank all of our supporters who continue to make our groundbreaking research possible. Together we will start new cancer cures.”
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