Manchester’s research centre to transform cancer treatment

A new £28.5m research centre set to transform cancer treatment opens in Manchester later this week

The University of Manchester building in Withington will be home to researchers from the Manchester Cancer Research Centre (MCRC) – a partnership between Cancer Research UK, The University of Manchester and The Christie NHS Foundation Trust

The state-of-the-art facility, located opposite The Christie and the Cancer Research UK Manchester Institute, is set to pull in more world-class scientists to the city, boosting research and helping to get improved treatments to patients faster.

Director of the Manchester Cancer Research Centre, Professor Nic Jones, said the new research centre will “make a tremendous difference to the way cancer is treated in the future”.

He added: “The new facilities will allow us to progress personalised cancer treatments which will be the way forward for future generations diagnosed with the disease. We will know more about an individual patient’s disease characteristics which will help to lead directly to better treatments and outcomes.”   

The flagship building provides more than 6,000m2 for expansion of research activity and has been designed to maximise the sharing of ideas and collaborations between scientists and clinicians. Cancer experts will be able to use a comprehensive array of new technologies and equipment within the new infrastructure. 

The building houses meeting rooms, laboratories, a lecture theatre and a café area for the public. It is set to provide space for around 250 staff. The design also includes a rainwater harvesting system to collect rain runoff from roof areas, and to supply recycled water to the building.

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