Charity provides annual
funding of more than £2 million to support local cancer research
LIVERPOOL based North West Cancer Research has announced
that it will provide an additional £902,816 worth of funding as part of its
latest drive to boost lifesaving cancer research in the city.
This will take its total annual funding totals to more than £2 million,
following an earlier £1,106,776 commitment announced back in February 2016.
The funding will support 4 research projects, 3 of which will be based at the
University of Liverpool. These include 2, 3 year studies, that aim to improve
our understanding and treatments of the deadly blood cancers Acute Myeloid
Leukaemia and Chronic Lymphocytic Leukaemia (CLL).
Funding has also been granted, to allow a group of researchers to continue their
research, which aims to optimise the effectiveness of a drug given to patients
with secondary skin cancer. This follows a series of breakthroughs during an
initial research project, funded by North West Cancer Research. It is hoped the
outcomes of the latest work will help prolong the effects of treatments and
provide a better quality of life for patients with skin cancer.
Around £211,000 has been granted to support 2 PhD studentships based at the
North West Cancer Research Centre at the University of Liverpool, providing
additional support across a range of projects. Studentships will take place from
September 2017 and funds will cover stipends, student fees and consumables.
Dominique Hare, research officer at North West Cancer Research, said:- "We
recently announced a commitment to fund more than £12.3 million over the next 5
years, but this latest funding news actually takes our commitment beyond the £13
million mark. As a charity we pride ourselves on only backing the very best
quality of research; research which will ultimately deliver significant
breakthroughs and have a direct impact on people living in Liverpool and the
North West. Thanks to research, half of all people diagnosed with cancer will
survive. Our promise over the next 5 years is to ensure a constant flow of
research to ensure that in the future everyone diagnosed with cancer will have a
chance to survive."
A final research project based at Bangor University will also benefit from this
latest round of funding. The work will look at the process of DNA damage and
repair of cancer cells during cancer treatments.
North West Cancer Research funds potentially lifesaving research at universities
in Liverpool, Bangor and Lancaster that help to improve our understanding of
cancer and how to better detect, treat and prevent it. The cancer research which
it supports directly benefits people living in the North West and North Wales.
The charity encourages applications for funding on a bi-annual basis. To ensure
only the highest quality of research is funded, each application is extensively
considered and peer reviewed by a specially selected scientific committee
comprising of leading professors, award winning scientists and pioneering
More information on North West Cancer Research and its research strategy can be