University of Leicester eBulletin

Leicester Scientist Wins AICR Funding for Cancer Investigation

May 2002
No 90

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 cancer.” 

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 scientific research.”

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 may apply.  

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.

For further information please contact Sue Campbell at Citigate SMARTS on 0131 561 0421 or 0131 555 0425 or by mobile on 07968 483 772.

Notes to Editors:  For more information on AICR please view its website at 

·         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

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