Academic Unit: Cancer Sciences Academic Unit

Cancer research at the University of Southampton ranges from basic cellular and molecular biology right through to the epidemiology of service provision.  Major strengths include basic and translational immunology and tumour survival in lymphoma and solid tumours. 

Currently Active: Yes

Group Overview

Cell of a brain tumor

Cell of a brain tumor

Cell of a brain tumor

The University has a long-established relationship with Cancer Research UK (CR UK) and our facilities include the CR UK Centre of Excellence and the CR UK Experimental Cancer Medicine Centre.

Southampton also hosts a centre of excellence in Leukaemia and Lymphoma Research where it specialises in understanding and treating chronic lymphocytic leukaemia. 

Our aim is to foster high quality cancer research with a particular emphasis on translating mechanistic understanding into patient treatments.  We concentrate upon our research strengths, such as immunology and cell biology closely allied to clinical practice in cancer treatment. The Cancer Sciences Unit will shortly open a new purpose-built Centre for Cancer Immunology to expand research capacity and accelerate our translation of immunotherapy to patients. This Centre will provide dedicated state of the art laboratory facilities to house over 200 scientists and support staff, comprising both basic discovery science and clinical teams. It will focus on all aspects of cancer immunology and immunotherapy from the bench to the patient.

All cancer research has clinical application as its ultimate goal.  Our Cancer Sciences research is conducted on the Biomedical Campus at Southampton General Hospital, in purpose-built laboratories in the Somers Building and neighbouring laboratories.

We have more than 100 researchers, clinicians and associated staff working as coordinated teams across several disciplines.  We bring ideas and discoveries made in the laboratory into clinical practice as rapidly as possible and ensure that the scientific hypotheses underlying cancer treatments are fully tested.

The University of Southampton Clinical Trials Unit is also supported by funding from Cancer Research UK to deliver large multicentre cancer treatment trials.

Cancer Sciences Unit Research Club

Date: Thursdays, 16:30-18:30
Venue: IDS Lecture theatre (talks) and Level A seminar room (food and drink)

Date Speaker Sponsored by
22nd Oct  Diana Eccles Cambridge Bioscience
12th Nov Tissue bank and BRF (Animal House) Source Biosciences
3rd Dec Funny Christmas Talks Postdoctoral Association
11th Feb TBC Qiagen
3rd Mar TBC Promega
14th Apr

Anne Rogel and Aymen Al'Shamkhani

12th May Juliet Gray and Silvia Lanati Ebioscience
9th June Charlie Birts and Marta Polak TBC

Contact us


Telephone: 023 81 206184023 81 206184 or 023 81 205170023 81 205170

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Research projects

No research projects are currently associated with this academic unit.