New cancer research centre launched

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A NEW cancer research centre has opened in Sheffield, enabling the city’s scientists to continue to ‘set the pace’ of international research into the disease.

Work at the Sheffield Cancer Research Centre, based at Weston Park Hospital, will focus on breast, lung and bone cancer.

Professor Rob Coleman, the new centre’s head, said: “This is an exciting development for cancer research in the Sheffield area.

“The new centre will help build on Sheffield’s world-class research and bring together researchers and clinicians to work together to improve the lives of cancer patients across South Yorkshire and beyond.

“By building closer links between scientists and doctors we want to increase the pace of research, leading to improved treatments for patients.”

Cancer Research UK and Yorkshire Cancer Research are funding the centre, partnering Sheffield University and Sheffield Teaching Hospitals Trust.

The charities said they would increase their investment in Sheffield to about £3.5m a year to ensure the centre would ‘set the pace’ for world-wide cancer research.