The announcement that the UK will take the lead in research into radiotherapy will create a 'global hub', according to Cancer Research UK (CR-UK).
Seven centres will form a £56million research network and pioneer the use of techniques such as FLASH radiotherapy, as well as artificial intelligence.
Cancer Research UK RadNet will unite the Universities of Cambridge, Glasgow, Leeds, Manchester and Oxford, the CR-UK City of London Centre (a partnership between UCL, Queen Mary University of London, King’s College London the Francis Crick Institute) and The Institute of Cancer Research in partnership with The Royal Marsden NHS Foundation Trust.
New research groups and PhD students in Manchester, London and Cambridge will be funded with £13m. The network will promote collaboration between diverse scientific fields, with a share of £4 million available to all centres for joint research projects, conferences and secondments between locations.
Research projects will include:
“Radiotherapy is a cornerstone of cancer medicine, with around three in 10 patients receiving it as part of their primary treatment. The launch of our network marks a new era of radiotherapy research in the UK," Michelle Mitchell, chief executive of CR-UK said.
"Scientists will combine advances in our understanding of cancer biology with cutting-edge technology to make this treatment more precise and effective than ever before”