Cancer imaging is set to get a major boost from a 35 million nationwide initiative to develop cutting edge imaging technologies for basic and clinical cancer research.
Cancer Research UK and the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) are together committing 35 million for five years to four separate cancer imaging centres across the country, helping to cement the UK's position as a world leader in cancer imaging research. The new initiative builds on the 50 million initial investment in October 2008.
This latest funding will bring together scientists, engineers and clinicians to develop new imaging techniques and applications which will help clinicians learn more about how tumours feed and grow, how cancer cells signal to one another, tumour blood supply, the environment surrounding tumours and molecular and genetic signatures.
The cancer imaging centres will serve as focal points of world-class research using a variety of techniques, such as optical microscopy, MRI (magnetic resonance imaging), functional MRI*, ultrasound, and PET (Positron Emission Tomography).
Dr Iain Foulkes, Cancer Research UK's executive director of strategy and research funding, said: "Imaging is an invaluable tool in the fight against cancer. Being able to see what's happening inside a patient is vitally important in understanding how treatments are working and the best ways to improve them."
Professor David Delpy, Chief Executive of the EPSRC, said: "This large investment is great news and builds upon our previous successful collaboration with Cancer Research UK. These centres will bring together many of the UK's leading scientists, engineers and clinicians interested in all aspects of imaging research, speeding up advances in new technologies and ensuring these are applied rapidly for the benefit of patients."
The four imaging centres to receive funding are at: The University of Oxford, The Institute of Cancer
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