Institute of Cancer Research


Institute of Cancer Research

The Institute of Cancer Research is a constituent college of the University of London, England.

It was founded in 1909 as a small research department of the Royal Marsden Hospital, and currently occupies two sites, one in central London and one in Sutton. According to its vision statement, its aim is "...that people may live their lives free of the fear of cancer as a life-threatening disease...".

Activities

Its stated mission is:
*To conduct research into the causes, prevention, diagnosis and methods of cancer treatment. It does this by pursuing 3 main research themes: genetic epidemiology, molecular pathology, and therapeutic development.
*To provide education and advanced training for medical and scientific staff. As a college within the University of London, it provides postgraduate research degrees and taught degrees.
*To provide treatment and care for cancer patients. It does this via its partnership with the The Royal Marsden NHS Foundation Trust.

Accomplishments

Amongst its accomplishments are the discovery of the gene BRCA2, which has been linked to breast cancer, and of the anti-cancer drugs carboplatin and tomudex.

External links

* [http://www.icr.ac.uk The Institute of Cancer Research website]
* [http://www.icr.ac.uk/about_us/strategic_plan/5184.pdf ICR Strategic Plan 2006-2011]


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