Our research in Manchester

With your support, over 2000 scientists, doctors and nurses in Manchester are working together to beat cancer sooner, turning pioneering lab discoveries into exciting new treatments for patients.

Last year we spent around £26 million on our research here, working in partnership with the The Christie NHS Foundation Trust, our Manchester Institute and other researchers at The University of Manchester.  In Manchester we are focusing particularly on lung, skin, gynaecological and blood cancers, as well as personalised medicine, radiotherapy, molecular pathology, screening and prevention. 

Kelly is fighting cancer thanks to research

Kelly Griffin

Kelly from Oldham was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2011. She took part in a clinical trial and now faces more chemotherapy to control her disease. “I am alive today thanks to cancer research.”

Developing liquid biopsies

As bowel cancer grows, bits of the tumour can break off in the bloodstream.  Prof Caroline Dive is collecting and analysing this ‘cellular debris’ to work out how best to treat patients.

Finding new treatments for patients

DDU CRUK Manchester

Our Drug Discovery Unit identifies and develops new medicines for cancer patients. Their work helps to turn discoveries in the lab into more effective treatments for patients as quickly as possible.

Help us beat cancer sooner

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


Get in touch

Contact the team in Manchester.

Our strategy to beat cancer sooner

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

Last year in Manchester

we funded 31 PhD students and 3 New Investigators

we supported 8 clinical trials

we spent over £26 million on research