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. 

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Group Overview

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.

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: First Thursday of each month 16:30-18:30
Venue: IDS Lecture theatre (talks) and Level A seminar room (food and drink)

Date Speakers Sponsored by
9 Oct 2014 Hannah Siddle and Jane Gibson Cambridge Bioscience
6 Nov 2014 Steve Thirdborough and Elena Harden Source Bioscience
18 Dec 2014 Christmas Research Club PostDoc Association
5 Feb 2015 Facilities talks: Biomedical Imaging Unit, FACS Sorting, Protein Biochemistry, and Histochemistry BD Siosciences
5 March Edd James and Emma Reeves Promega
2 April 2015 Surinder Sahota and Nicky Weston-Bell Star Lab
7 May 2015 Careers session: Representatives from Industry and Molecular Pathology at SGH Miltenyi
4 June 2015 Karwan Moutasim and Chern Lee Agilent

Contact us


Telephone: 023 8079 6184 or 023 8079 5170

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