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
£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:
- Newcastle University
- the North of England Children’s Cancer Research charity
- Newcastle Hospitals’ Great North Children’s Hospital (GNCH)
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.”