Cancer imaging within the UK is set to receive a £35 million pound boost in an effort to develop innovative technologies for basic and clinical cancer research.
Cancer Research UK and the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) are together committing £35m for five years to four separate cancer imaging centres across the UK.
These centres will bring together many of the UK’s leading scientists, engineers and clinicians
EPSRC chief executive David Delpy
The cancer imaging centres are designed to serve as focal points of research using a variety of techniques, such as optical microscopy, MRI (magnetic resonance imaging), functional MRI, ultrasound, and PET (Positron Emission Tomography).
Chief executive of EPSRC David Delpy said: “These centres will bring together many of the UK’s leading scientists, engineers and clinicians interested in all aspects of imaging research, speeding up advances in new technologies and ensuring these are applied rapidly for the benefit of patients.”
The four imaging centres to receive funding are at: The University of Oxford, The Institute of Cancer Research, London, a joint imaging centre between King’s College London and University College London and a new collaboration between the University of Cambridge and University of Manchester.
This latest initiative builds on the £50 million initial investment in October 2008 which included funding from the Department of Health and the Medical Research Council.