Updated: Monday, 13th July 2020 @ 9:36pm

Battle against cancer gets £12m boost as Manchester university secures funding for Christie research centre

Battle against cancer gets £12m boost as Manchester university secures funding for Christie research centre

By Jonathan Robinson

Manchester cancer research was given a £12.8 million boost yesterday to help fund the construction of a new university building to be opened in 2014.

The funds, awarded by the coalition to The University of Manchester, will go towards the project to be built at The Christie site in Withington.

Vital equipment to progress cancer research development will also benefit from this new funding.

Caroline Shaw, Chief Executive at The Christie, said: “The MCRC [Manchester Cancer Research Centre] is a major step forward that will maximise our potential to benefit not just cancer patients on our doorstep but across the world.

“We are extremely grateful for this funding which will help facilitate ground breaking research right here in Manchester.”

The new facility will be home to researchers who form part of the Manchester Cancer Research Centre (MCRC) – a partnership between The University of Manchester, The Christie NHS Foundation Trust and Cancer Research UK.

Among the research to be focused on at the new centre will be radiation therapy, lung cancer and melanoma.

Matt Sephton, who is campaigning in the Manchester Central by-election, said: "For too long, Britain has lagged behind many other countries when it comes to surviving this dreadful disease. 

“This extra money, coming so soon after the success of the government's new Cancer Drugs Fund, is another step on the road to fighting cancer.”

The facility, which is budgeted to cost £35m, will aim to develop personalised cancer treatments for thousands of patients across the country.

Chris Cox, the university's Director of Development, said the research centre would translate discoveries made in the laboratory into new treatments.

The Christie treats more than 40,000 patients a year, and around a quarter of the patients are referred from other parts of the UK in order to receive specialist treatment.

Plans for the research centre were given the go-ahead after an initial proposal for a multi-storey car park on the site was dropped in March.

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