Leicester Scientist Wins AICR Funding for Cancer Investigation
A scientist from Leicester has
won funding from cancer research charity, The Association for International
Cancer Research for his innovative investigation into understanding what causes
cancer cells to divide without control. The
funding is part of a £3.6 million cancer research package awarded by the
charity to 36 scientists worldwide.
Dr Andrew Fry based at the
University of Leicester has won a three-year funding package of £121,234 which
has been awarded for scientific excellence after his proposal beat off
applications from around the world.
Leading cancer research
charity, Association for International Cancer Research (AICR) based in St
Andrews Scotland, has announced the £3.6 million cancer research funding
package will be split among 36 cancer scientists around the world.
Derek Napier, AICR’s chief
executive commented at the funding launch, “once again the voluntary sector
appeared to be taking the lead in supporting basic scientific research into
Derek Napier, said:
“AICR plays an important role in supporting some of the best cancer
research in the world. We are proud
of the part we play in supporting this high quality research, but it is a great
shame that the government does not recognise the amounts cancer charity put into
AICR is a leading funder of
high quality scientific research into the causes of cancer – a disease that
will affect one in three people in the UK.
The cancer charity is unique in that it is the only UK body which funds
research into any area of cancer and in any country in the world.
AICR is also one of the few
remaining funding bodies offering three-year project grants to which researchers
Dr Andrew Fry, a Lister Institute research fellow at the
University of Leicester said: “The
award of this grant by AICR is fundamental in helping us to investigate the role
of proteins in cancer. Without
funding from charities like AICR it would not be possible for us to perform
research into the causes and treatment of cancer. Despite the level of funding available for cancer
research in this country, which is mostly supported by the cancer charities, it
is still below that in many other developed nations.”
In total this year, AICR will
give nearly £7m to researchers in the fight against cancer.
It currently funds 221 projects at a total cost of £20m.
Of these, the charity supports 152 projects in England and Wales with 42
projects being funded in Scotland.
further information please contact Sue Campbell at Citigate SMARTS on 0131 561
0421 or 0131 555 0425 or by mobile on 07968 483 772.
AICR grants for April 2002 have been awarded to research
groups from Aberdeen to Sydney for their innovative projects into cancer
research. 26 grants have been given in
England and Wales with ten to Scotland and ten overseas in Australia (2), Israel
(2), Germany, Eire, Netherlands, Spain, France and Italy.
For further information on the Lister Institute, please
visit its website www.lister-institute.org.uk/index.htm
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