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About Us

Founded in 2001, the Northern Institute for Cancer Research (NICR) consists of a dedicated team of over 200 clinicians and scientists. It is a multidisciplinary research institute that has seen significant investment and improvement in its infrastructure over the past decade.

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In 2009, Cancer Research UK working in partnership with  the North of England Children’s Cancer Research Fund,  awarded the NICR prestigious Cancer Centre status.

Our research capabilities

In the most recent Research Assessment Exercise (RAE2008), 75 per cent of the research was classed as internationally excellent and a further 15 per cent as world leading.

Laboratory research is based in the Faculties of Medical Sciences and Science, Agriculture and Engineering at Newcastle University. Clinical research is conducted in the Newcastle Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust at, the Royal Victoria Infirmary and Freeman Hospital and at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital (Gateshead).

Our clinical trials programmes are extensive and the NICR is a:

NICR staff are members of various European Organisation for Research and Treatment of Cancer (EORTC) groups including:

In addition to extramural clinical research, the intramural NICR programme seeks to identify two targets for therapeutic exploitation, and one drug for clinical evaluation, each year.

Our work also contributes to the consistent success of subjects such as medicine, dentistry and life sciences in the UK and international league tables.