Today Oxford Cancer launches at the University of Oxford – a new pan-divisional research theme that has been established to support researchers across the city of Oxford in solving the key challenges in cancer research. Through this network, Oxford is tackling the biggest questions and highlights Oxford’s commitment to cancer as one of its strategic research themes.
Cancer remains the second leading cause of death worldwide, with an estimated 10 million cancer mortalities in 2020 alone. It continues to be a barrier to increasing life expectancy in every country of the world.
Oxford has over 900 cancer researchers based across the University and Hospitals Foundation Trust, with academic strengths in a wide variety of areas, including immunology, data science, cell biology, physical science & drug development. Bringing together this expertise is what Oxford Cancer aims to do, in order to facilitate multi-disciplinary research across its partners. It ultimately aims to solve the key challenges cancer represents through developing and delivering novel strategies for early detection and curative treatment of a range of different cancer types. This approach will be informed by the latest fundamental scientific discoveries and underpinned by world leading data science and technological developments that are unique to Oxford.
Through Oxford Cancer, our mission is to enable and combine the best research and clinical resources in order to innovate cancer treatment and care world-wide. We aim to do this through discovery, collaboration and education – and empowered by the strategic leadership and world-leading facilities here in Oxford. - Professor Tim Elliott, co-Director, Oxford Cancer.
With over 900 researchers across 20+ departments and 5 University & OUH divisions, cancer research is everywhere in Oxford. We are very excited to launch the new Oxford Cancer network, with the aim of bringing together all those with a shared interest in cancer, to address urgent and emerging cancer patient needs, informed by the best basic science. - Professor Mark Middleton, co-Director, Oxford Cancer
We encourage you to explore our new website, which features:
- A variety of researcher support services available to Oxford researchers and our partners, to help break down barriers to accessing key research expertise, find new funding avenues and enhance the patient impact of their work.
- Our themes page which highlights Oxford’s academic strengths across disciplines, and how they are being brought together & applied to four cancer themes: Early Detection, Novel Therapeutics, Developments in Immuno-oncology & Cancer Big Data.
- A news section with updates on work from across the Oxford Cancer community
- and much more
For more information about the background and motivations behind Oxford Cancer, please check out our launch FAQs below.