University of Leicester eBulletin

Leicester Scientists Win AICR Funding for Cancer Investigation

November 2002
No 259

A scientist and an oncologist from Leicester have won funding from leading Scottish cancer research charity, Association for International Cancer Research, to investigate possible cures and treatments that will hopefully lead to new cancer-preventive drugs.   The funding is part of a £3.8 million cancer research package awarded this month by the charity.

Professors Andy Gescher and Will Steward, of the University of Leicester have won a three year funding package of £107,349 for their study into the anti-cancer role of the yellow curry constituent, curcumin, in a pilot trial in cancer patients. Working in collaboration with Professor Steward, Professor Gesher was awarded funding for his scientific excellence, after his research beat off fierce competition from the international scientific community.  

Based in St Andrews, Scotland, AICR has announced the £3.8 million cancer research funding package will be split among 38 cancer scientists around the world. 

Professor Will Steward
Professor Will Steward

Derek Napier, AICR’s chief executive said:  “AICR’s efforts in funding scientific research into the causes of cancer are just one small part of the overall-funding picture. Scientific research is supported by cancer charities throughout the UK, and it is true to say that without them progress in treating the disease would be almost non-existent. Competition for our grants is fierce and the projects that win AICR grants represent the cream of the crop in international scientific research into cancer.”

AICR is a leading fund provider 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. 

Press Release issued by AICR

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