Our research in Southampton

A set of test tubes in a rack in a lab

In Southampton

  • 5,900 people are diagnosed with cancer each year.
  • 53% of cancers are diagnosed early.
  • We spent over £6m on life-saving research in 2021/22.

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

Last year we spent over £6m on research in Southampton. By sharing their expertise, scientists, doctors and nurses are improving the care of patients across Southampton and beyond.

The dedicated team in Southampton is made up of experts in a wide range of disciplines, including clinical trials and immunotherapy, which uses the body’s own immune system to fight cancer. Scientists in Southampton are focussing on blood, breast, head and neck, lung and oesophageal (food pipe) cancers.

Professor Andrew Davies leads the Southampton Experimental Cancer Medicine Centre (ECMC). ECMCs are unique partnerships between CRUK 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. 

The Southampton Clinical Trials Unit delivers innovative and practice-changing clinical research that impacts the care and outcomes for cancer patients in the UK and across the world. And our Senior Research Nurse facilitates the delivery of high-quality clinical trials and studies, getting new treatments into the clinic sooner. 

The Cancer Research UK Southampton Centre is a partnership between the University of Southampton, Southampton University Hospitals NHS Trust and Cancer Research UK.