Support the Centre for Cancer Immunology
Get Involved. Support the Centre through the Cancer Immunology Talent Fund
Immunology is saving lives, there is no doubt about that. The University of Southampton has been at the forefront of this research field for more than 40 years, and our clinical trials are delivering outstanding results.
In 2015, we launched a £25m campaign to create the UK’s first Centre for Cancer Immunology and to accelerate our research. And thanks to your overwhelming support (see our Success Stories for the amazing lengths our supports went to), we reached our target six months ahead of schedule with the Centre opening in Spring 2018.
Curing cancer from within
But the campaign was never just about the bricks and mortar. The talent and the equipment within the Centre will deliver the breakthroughs we so desperately need to find a cure for cancer. That is where the Cancer Immunology Talent Fund comes in.
The Cancer Immunology Talent Fund will allow us to recruit the best scientists in the world, with access to cutting-edge equipment.
In Southampton, we already have some of the brightest minds in immunology, and we want to continue attracting and nurturing a talented team, bringing us ever closer to beating cancer.
There are four ways your support will lead us to finding a cure:
1. The UK’s first integrated PhD in Cancer Immunology
There’s a shortage of senior immunologists working in cancer research, according to the UK’s largest cancer charity, Cancer Research UK. Despite the need, there is no dedicated programme to train the next generation of cancer immunologists. Until now.
Our integrated PhD in Cancer immunology is the first in the UK to tackle a disease that cruelly affects so many people. Our students are working on projects under the supervision of globally recognised research leaders. In short, your donations will help us build the capacity we need to accelerate our ability to tackle cancer and train the next generation of cancer immunologists.
2. Attract global talent to lead our research
Our team of scientists is already world class. However, thanks to the new Centre, we have the capacity to attract even more brilliant minds from across the globe. This includes recruiting to a broad range of vital positions that brings together different research bases, and an increase in international collaborations.
Your support will ensure that the Centre is filled with the nest talent from around the globe, and that we continue to develop international partnerships in the search for a cure for cancer.
3. The interdisciplinary Innovation Residency Programme
Collaboration drives innovation. When different disciplines work together, breakthroughs happen. That’s why it is vital that researchers from across diverse fields are able to be in physical proximity if we want to beat cancer.
Our Innovation Residency Programme is doing just this. We are bringing together researchers from across the University – in disciplines as diverse as chemistry, computer science, and health sciences – for residencies lasting from weeks to months.
Previously, the geographical distribution of our campuses has prevented the revolutionary outcomes that this type of work can bring but a dedicated space within the Centre facilitates daily contact between researchers working on a specific project.
With your generosity, we’ll be able to cover the Residents’ teaching duties and organise networking events and seminars – ensuring our Innovation Residency Programme supplies a series of interdisciplinary collaborations.
4. Provide state-of-the-art research equipment
We need top-of-the-range equipment to facilitate the ground-breaking work in the Centre. However research grants from funding bodies and charities do not allow for the purchase of equipment. Your donations will allow our researchers to keep up with the latest advances in technology and obtain the vital equipment needed to keep pushing the boundaries of medical science and bring us a step closer to finding a cure for cancer. If this is an area of support you are interested in, please speak to one of our team to find out what our latest equipment and tech priorities are.
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