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Department of Oncology


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The Department of Oncology is an academic department within the School of Clinical Medicine at the University of Cambridge.

In August 2015 Professor Richard Gilbertson, a world leading expert on childhood brain tumours, was appointed Head of Department and Director of the Cambridge Cancer.

The mission of the Department of Oncology is to reduce the morbidity and mortality of patients with cancer through research, treatment and education.

We are a multi-site department based mainly on Cambridge Biomedical Research Campus, which includes the Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, various University of Cambridge Departments, internationally renowned Research Institutes and several pharmaceutical companies.

Our location on the Cambridge Biomedical Research Campus provides access to state-of-the-art clinical and research facilities and enables close collaboration with world class laboratory scientists and doctors.

Many of our Research Leaders are also medical doctors, which ensures strong links between our laboratory science and its clinical application for the benefit of patients.

Our research focuses on improving diagnosis, treatment and prevention of cancers and can be divided into 3 broad disciplines (i) Basic Laboratory, (ii) Translational, and (iii) Clinical research, spanning a range of disciplines including molecular biology, genetics, physics, chemistry, mathematics, computational biology, clinical medicine and surgery.

Our research is funded mainly by Cancer Research UK (CRUK), the Medical Research Council (MRC) and the National Institute of Health Research (NIHR) Cambridge Biomedical Research Centre.

We are also committed to training the next generation of cancer researchers and doctors by providing education and training programmes for Postgraduate students, Postdoctoral researchers and Clinical academics.