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Reducing the Toxicity of Children's Cancer Therapi

Reducing the Toxicity of Children’s Cancer Therapies

Cancer researchers at Newcastle University are internationally renowned for translating ground-breaking scientific discovery into life-changing therapies for people fighting cancer. Recent developments include ambitious plans to speed up the delivery of new and less toxic therapies for childhood cancers.

Professor Josef Vormoor
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Newcastle University is the UK’s leading centre for research into childhood cancer. It is one of the major centres in Europe, with internationally celebrated researchers in the fields of:

  • childhood leukemia
  • brain tumours
  • neuroblastoma

£5.5m research facility

A £5.5m children’s cancer research facility will be created at the heart of the University’s campus.

It will provide state-of-the-art resources, where academics and clinicians can accelerate their work and give more children with cancer a future to look forward to.

Future Fund Campaign

A fundraising campaign, the Future Fund, has been launched to create the Newcastle University Centre for Childhood Cancer. This is a collaborative project between:

The campaign has already garnered high-profile support

Musicians Sting and Mark Knopfler are supporting the campaign along with author Bill Bryson. Dame Margaret Barbour, Chairman of global lifestyle brand Barbour, has pledged £1m towards the campaign.

Professor Josef Vormoor, Director of the Northern Institute for Cancer Research at Newcastle University and Honorary Consultant Paediatric Oncologist at the GNCH, said:

"Eight out of 10 children diagnosed with cancer today will be cured. However, our therapies come with significant toxicity and often cause long-term health problems in survivors.

We urgently needmore efficient therapies with fewer side effects for our young patients.”

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Great North Children’s Hospital (GNCH)

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Contact Information

Professor Josef Vormoor
Email: josef.vormoor@ncl.ac.uk
Telephone: +44 (0) 191 282 1357