Leeds Cancer Research Centre is officially launched

An ambitious vision placing Leeds at the global forefront of cancer research is officially set out today.

The University is partnering with Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust to create the Leeds Cancer Research Centre, a new venture bringing together experts from across a range of disciplines including biological, physical, engineering and clinical sciences; clinical practice and innovative health interventions, to tackle some of the greatest challenges facing cancer research today. 

The Centre’s goal is to transform the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of cancer; tackle cancer-related health inequalities, and improve patient outcomes in Leeds, Yorkshire and across the globe. 

The Leeds Cancer Research Centre will enable us to accelerate cancer detection, diagnosis and treatment by harnessing our considerable strengths and by fostering greater connections.

Professor Simone Buitendijk, Vice-Chancellor

Although UK cancer survival has doubled in the last four decades, only 50% of patients survive 10 years or more. Over a third of cancers are preventable and another third can be cured if detected early and treated properly.  

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