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The Paul O'Gorman Building

This building is named after Paul O'Gorman, who died from leukaemia at the age of 15.

This building was funded by Cancer Research UK, the Strategic Research Initiative and Children with Cancer UK.

Children with Cancer UK was founded by Eddie and Marion O’Gorman, who lost their children Jean and Paul to cancer in the same year. The building is named in Paul’s memory.

This purpose built research building was completed in 2004, costing a total of £10m, and was opened in 2005 by the late Sir Bobby Robson.

The facility now houses around 200 research staff.

Equipment funding was kindly provided by the North of England Children’s Cancer Research Fund, Leukaemia and Lymphoma Research and other charities.

Main focus of work in the building

Research at the Paul O’Gorman is mostly centred around biological studies. Researchers here aim to identify molecular and biological differences between normal and tumour cells. This can then be exploited to design new anti-cancer drugs which can be tested in clinical trials.