Worldwide Cancer Research

Worldwide Cancer Research

Charity information

Worldwide Cancer Research

Our sole objective is to outsmart cancer by investing in some of the world's most innovative and exciting cancer research. From the discoveries made by our earliest projects to our most recent research findings, our grants have - and continue to - contribute to advances in diagnoses and treatment across a wide range of cancer types.

It is only with the right research that we will reach the day when lo life is cut short by cancer.

Founded 1980

  • Mission statement

    Worldwide Cancer Research was founded in 1979 by Dr Colin Thomson, Reader in Theoretical Chemistry at the University of St Andrews, Scotland, and a pioneering researcher at the cutting-edge of cancer research. His vision of funding early-stage research no matter where in the world it was taking place remains our guiding principle.

    Each year, 8. 2million people worldwide die from cancer and with an ageing population that rate is set to increase. We support scientific research into all types of cancer by funding early-stage and translational research. This is where all progress against cancer starts - and it’s where the big breakthroughs of the next decades begin.

    We fund some of the world’s most diverse and unexpected projects in the world’s best research institutions. We fund world-renowned specialists and up and coming talent. We do all those things for one very good reason - to gain a global perspective. Because research doesn’t happen in isolation. Right now, we are funding 163 projects across 22 different countries. The answers will not come from one scientist, in one lab, in one country.

    This combination of reaching out to the worldwide scientific community and funding early-stage research into all cancers makes us unique in the cancer research landscape.

  • Aims

    Worldwide Cancer Research aims to:

    • To promote, conduct and and support research into the causes, prevention, treatment and cure of cancer and associated conditions, and to promote the publication of the useful results of such research.
  • Overview

    Established: January 1980

    Board members: 8

    Full time staff: 43

    Phone number: 01334 477910

    Address: Madras House, South Street, St Andrews KY16 9EH

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