publication date: Feb. 10, 2017

In Brief International teams win £100 million in Cancer Research UK competition 

Cancer Research UK said four international teams are the first recipients of its global £100 million Grand Challenge competition, which aims to overcome the biggest challenges facing cancer researchers in a global effort to beat cancer sooner.

This new Cancer Research UK initiative was overseen by a panel of researchers, chaired by Rick Klausner, former NCI director. The four winning teams will:

Study cancer samples from five continents to understand the DNA damage associated with different cancers, to understand what causes them and if they can be prevented. The project will be led by Mike Stratton at the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute, Cambridge, with collaborators from France, the US and UK.

Distinguish between those women with DCIS who need treatment and those who don’t, to reduce overtreatment of the condition. This project will be led by Jelle Wesseling at the Netherlands Cancer Institute with collaborators from the U.S., U.K., and the Netherlands.

Develop a way to combine new and existing technologies to create virtual representations of tumors, and a global database that catalogues their genetic make-up and metabolism, which could lead to new ways to diagnose and treat the disease. This project will be led by Josephine Bunch at the National … Continue reading International teams win £100 million in Cancer Research UK competition

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