Newcastle named Centre of Excellence in cancer research

Newcastle has been named a Centre of Excellence by the national blood cancer charity Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research.

The charity has invested more than £7m in 18 research projects at Newcastle University.  Many of the charity’s scientists are also doctors, working closely with the Royal Victoria Infirmary (RVI) and other hospitals to ensure that any breakthroughs in diagnosis or treatments reach the patients as soon as possible.

To celebrate this research, a plaque will be unveiled at the New Victoria Wing at the RVI.

Professor Andy Hall, Director of the Northern Institute of Cancer Research at Newcastle University, said: "The pace of progress in delivering new treatments for blood cancers is very exciting. Newcastle attracts truly world-class scientists and clinical haematologists and this concentration of expertise means that blood cancer patients in the North East have access to the newest and best treatment around. Investment from charities such as Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research is vital to help this continue."

The centre has been recognised for its leading research into blood cancers, particularly focused on improving treatments and diagnosis for adults and children with leukaemia, as well as world-class research into stem cell transplants.

published on: 23rd September 2010