Our Research in Leicester

Last year we spent over £1m on life-saving research in Leicester.

Our dedicated scientists in Leicester are experts in a wide range of disciplines including clinical trials, early detection, personalised medicine and prevention.

Researchers work in partnership with the University of Leicester and University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust.  By sharing their expertise, scientists, doctors and nurses are improving the care of patients across Leicester and beyond.


Developing blood tests to monitor patients’ breast cancer 

Professor Jacqui Shaw

Professor Jacqui Shaw is looking for changes in DNA that make cancer cells grow faster, by studying fragments of cancer DNA that are found in patients’ blood.

Exploring how cancer and heart disease interact


Dr David Adlam is collecting a national dataset to address important questions about how cancer and heart disease interplay.  This could inform guidelines to optimise patient care. 

Tackling hard-to-treat lung cancers

Professor Dean Fennell

Professor Dean Fennell and his team are testing new treatments for people with mesothelioma, a type of lung cancer mainly caused by exposure to asbestos.

What we’re doing now

Leicester is home to an Experimental Cancer Medicine Centre (ECMC), led by Professors Anne Thomas and Karen Brown.  Our ECMCs are a unique partnership between Cancer Research UK and the National Institute for Health Research in England to bring together lab scientists and cancer doctors to speed up the flow of ideas and new treatments from the lab to the clinic.  


We are working hard as part of the £14 million TRACERx study examining exactly how lung cancers change and become resistant to treatments.

We are also part of the £25 million national lung MATRIX trial, partnering with pharmaceutical companies AstraZeneca and Pfizer to create a pioneering clinical trial for patients with advanced lung cancer.


How we’ve made a difference so far

Our scientists helped make the discovery that chemicals derived from food, such as curcumin and resveratrol, could one day be used alongside existing chemotherapy drugs to help stop cancer growing and spreading in some people.


Get in touch

Contact the team in Leicester.

In Leicester

  • 1,200 people are diagnosed with cancer each year.
  • 53% of cancers are diagnosed early.
  • We spent over £1m on life-saving research last year.

We receive no government funding for our research. Our life-saving work relies on the money you give us.

Our strategy

Our vision is to bring forward the day when all cancers are cured. Our strategy gives us the foundations we need to tackle the challenges ahead.