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The Cancer Research UK Manchester Centre benefits from a long-established and strong partnership between University, NHS Trust and Cancer Research UK.

The University of Manchester

The University of Manchester is one of the largest universities in the UK. It has 20 academic schools and hundreds of specialist research groups undertaking pioneering multi-disciplinary teaching and research of worldwide significance. It has an exceptional record of generating and sharing new ideas and innovations. Many of the advances of the 20th century began at the University, such as the work by Rutherford leading to the splitting of the atom and the developments of the world's first programmable computer in 1948. The University has a rich academic heritage and can lay claim to 25 Nobel laureates amongst its current and former staff and students.

The Christie NHS Foundation Trust

The Christie specialises in cancer treatment, research and education, and is the largest cancer centre in Europe. As well as treating 40,000 patients a year from across the UK, its experts have been pioneering cancer research breakthroughs for more than 100 years. The Christie serves a population of 3.2 million people across Greater Manchester and Cheshire, while 26% of its patients are referred from across the UK. Based in Manchester with radiotherapy centres in Oldham and Salford, The Christie is known for many world-firsts, which have impacted cancer treatment on a global scale. As well as housing the largest early phase clinical trials unit in the world, it became the first UK centre to be officially accredited as a comprehensive cancer centre. The Christie also has its own School of Oncology – the first of its kind– enhancing the education and knowledge of healthcare professionals across the country.

Cancer Research UK

Cancer Research UK is the world’s leading cancer charity dedicated to saving lives through research. Their groundbreaking work into the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of cancer has helped save millions of lives and is entirely funded by the public. Cancer Research UK has been at the heart of the progress that has already seen survival rates in the UK double in the last forty years. Cancer Research UK supports research into all aspects of cancer through the work of over 4,000 scientists, doctors and nurses. Together with its partners and supporters, Cancer Research UK's vision is to beat cancer sooner.

Manchester Cancer Research Centre

The Manchester Cancer Research Centre was formed in 2006 as a partnership between The University of Manchester, Cancer Research UK and The Christie NHS Foundation Trust. It acted as a model for Cancer Research UK’s pioneering chain of Centres across the UK that link laboratory and clinic, and has since been established as the cancer research arm of the Manchester Academic Health Science Centre (MAHSC).

Professor Nic Jones


Cancer Research UK Manchester Centre