There are four research themes in the Imperial Cancer Research UK Centre which mirror the patient's journey. Our scientists and clinicians are working together to make significant impact at every stage.
- Identify new markers for early diagnosis of cancer and cancer risk. For examples, epidemiologists in the School of Public Health are collaborating with scientists in Stratified Medicine to utilise EPIC (a unique population-based resource) for an integrated investigation into the role of gene-environment-metabolism interactions on cancer causation and prevention.
- Improve diagnosis by further developing the imaging activities within the Comprehensive Cancer Imaging Centre (CCIC) to better define type/stage and create a functional picture of cancer
- Surgery is the first-line treatment for many cancer types. Surgeons in the Centre, and across the Hamlyn Centre for Robotic Surgery are developing less invasive procedures and robotic-assisted technologies through technological and surgical innovation.
- Molecular and cell biologists are working to identify new targets for anti-cancer therapy. They are also working in collaboration as part of the CD3 to develop the small molecule programme that brings together chemists, biologists and clinicians to create a joined-up approach to drug development, with a particular focus on identifying ways to circumvent drug resistance