Department of Oncology


Information about Research in Oncology


The Department of Oncology is at the forefront of an ever-expanding field of cancer research.

Our main focus is on translating basic scientific findings into clinical applications for treatment, diagnosis and prevention of cancer.

The research interests of the Department are funded mainly by Cancer Research UK , the Medical Research Council and the National Institute of Health Research (NIHR) Cambridge Biomedical Research Centre and can be divided into 3 broad disciplines:

  • Basic Laboratory Research,
  • Clinical & Translational Research and
  • Clinical Trials.

We appoint Group Leaders to lead cross-disciplinary research teams in these areas.

Many of our Research Group Leaders are also practising clinicians, which ensures strong links between our laboratory science and its clinical application.

In April 2001, we became part of a National Cancer Research Network (NCRN), established by the Department of Health to provide the NHS with an infrastructure to support high quality cancer clinical studies and to improve the speed, quality and integration of research resulting in improved patient care.

The strength of our research was further recognised by the Department of Health when our regional network, the West Anglia Cancer Research Network (WACRN) was named as one of 17 centres for experimental cancer medicine in the country.

In the 2008 Research assessment Exercise (RAE), the University of Cambridge submission to the "Cancer Studies Theme of Assessment", was awarded top ratings. Click here for further details.

We also enjoy many successful research collaborations with other University Departments, Research Institutes and pharmaceutical companies based in and around Cambridge.

For further information about our research activities, please use the menu on the left of this page.

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