GW4 Cancer Research Consortium

Initiator Fund

Project period: February – May 2016

GW4 Community Leads
University of Bath: Dr Adele Murrell, Dr Lorenzo Caggiano
University of Bristol: Professor Paul Martin, Dr Axel Walther  
Cardiff University:
Dr Matt Smalley
University of Exeter: Dr David Allard, Dr Jackie Whatmore, Professor Willie Hamilton

Project overview

The GW4 Cancer Research Consortium aims to foster cross-disciplinary collaboration, by capitalising on the breadth of complementary expertise and high-impact cancer research across GW4. Translating cancer discoveries into cures is a major public health challenge worldwide, and in the last two decades advances in diagnosis, treatment and care have led to longer survival times for a number of different cancers. As the ageing population continues to grow, cancer will only increase as a serious social and economic health challenge.

Within the GW4 universities there is already substantial research effort into the environmental and lifestyles causes of cancer, the contribution of genetics, biochemistry and cell biological processes to the aetiology of a wide range of malignancies. There is also research into the prevention and pharmaceutical intervention in cancer.

We aim to identify resources required to underpin large strategic grant applications, and establish a cross-centre non-clinical doctoral training programme in cancer complementing the work of GW4 Clinical Academic Training Community.