Uni’s key role in cancer research

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Groundbreaking work for one of the biggest cancer charities in the north west has been taking place at Lancaster University.

North West Cancer Research incorporating Clatterbridge Cancer Research (NWCR) is made up of a merger between North West Cancer Research Fund and Clatterbridge Cancer Research.

Researchers at Lancaster University are working on a number of projects in order to understand the mechanisms that result in the damage to cellular DNA and understanding how this leads to uncontrolled cell division, which causes cancer.

NWCR has been working with Lancaster University for more than 15 years and the charity is currently funding nearly £1m worth of research.

NWCR chief executive Anne Jackson said: “We want the people of Lancaster and the rest of Lancashire to know about the amazing work being done on their doorstep.

“Researchers at Lancaster University have been researching into the causes of cancer for many years now and the work they do is world class.”

Dr Jane Owen-Lynch, head of Biomedical and Life Sciences, said: “Thanks to funding from NWCR we can work towards a better understanding of the disease.

“As well as using the funding to buy the equipment that makes our work possible it also provides fellowships for young academics. By nurturing young talent, our world-class research can continue.”