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Fighting cancer thanks to Sir Bobby Robson Foundation

At the Wolfson Childhood Cancer Research Centre, Newcastle, the Sir Bobby Robson Foundation has recently funded new specialist roles to help find more effective treatments for children’s cancer in the North East.

The new positions – two research fellows and two research nurses – will be based in the University’s Wolfson Childhood Cancer Research Centre, where clinical and research teams are advancing their understanding of how to treat childhood cancers and developing treatments that are more effective and less toxic.

The first of the four ‘Sir Bobby posts’, has been filled by Dr Simon Bomken, who completed his clinical training at the Great North Children’s Hospital in September 2015. As a Sir Bobby Robson Clinical Fellow, Dr Bomken can continue with his clinical role alongside conducting research work.

The creation of the centre, which opened in September 2016, has brought paediatric cancer specialists together in a purpose-built facility, allowing them to work more effectively.

By creating the advanced laboratories required for world-class research, it offers the opportunity for Newcastle University to build on its strong research reputation and change the lives of many children.

The Sir Bobby Robson Foundation is supporting the work carried out in the Wolfson Childhood Cancer Research Centre with a contribution of £1million.

Read more about the Wolfson Childhood Cancer Research Centre

(L-R) Mark Robson, Lady Elsie and Dr Simon Bomken

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