Project information

Cancer research at the University of Birmingham

With our deep understanding of cancer, University of Birmingham researchers are in a unique position to make a difference to all those living with cancer in the UK and beyond. Our collaborative work with Birmingham's hospitals is quickly translating drug discoveries into real treatments for patients

August 2014 - July 2015

Charity information: University of Birmingham

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  • Need


    One in three of us will develop cancer in our lifetime; of those, one in four will die. We are working to change this. A whole programme of cutting edge cancer research is being carried out at the University of Birmingham, but it is increasingly difficult to secure funding. This is especially true for innovative projects or those in their early stages of development. We need to offer our researchers dependable, sustainable income that allows them to confidently invest in new studies.


    Our collaborative work at Birmingham’s world class centre for Cancer Sciences, leading academics at the Medical School and excellent surgeons at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital and Birmingham Children’s Hospital ensure that the time it takes to bring a treatment from the petri-dish to the patient is vastly reduced. The Institute of Translational Medicine will bring together researchers, patients and treatments and offer them clinical trial support and unrivaled data access to share results.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    To vastly speed up the translation of research into treatments for cancer and other diseases


    » By bringing researchers, patients and new treatments together under the same roof with dedicated clinical trial support

    What success will look like

    The completion of the Institute of Translational Medicine on time will facilitate the new collaboration and ensure we are able to work together to fight cancer.

  • Impact


    The Institute of Translational Medicine project is part of a wider strategy to make Birmingham the UK capital of life sciences. Alongside the new Queen Elizabeth Hosptial and with plans to update the Birmingham Children's Hospital in the near future, Birmingham will become a hub of medical research. The unique demographic of the city, both as the youngest city in Europe and with its culturally diverse community, Birmingham offers a fantastic centre for world-leading medical research.


    Cancer research within the Institute of Translational Medicine has always been factored into the plans for the centre. The project is a cross-department/cross-institution collaboration and as such has been offered high level support and assurances of its success. Risks associated with the project have been discussed and dealt with at a senior project level.


    We will collect patient testimonials, researcher stories and trial outcome information as the project progresses. Donors will be included in the University of Birmingham's donor relations programme and as such will receive updates and information throughout the year.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £10,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £10,000 Contribution to cost of refurb The project is facilitated via the Institute of Translational Medicine
  • Background


    The Institute of Translational Medicine, within which leading cancer research will take place, will be situated on the University of Birmingham's medical sciences campus, next to the Queen Elizabeth Hospital.


    Patients at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital and Birmingham Children's Hospital
    Researchers at the University of Birmingham
    Birmingham's community
    UK-wide suffers of cancer

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    The University of Birmingham is leading the way in the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of cancer. With your support we can increase the research collaboration between academics, researchers and surgeons to ensure that new discoveries move quickly from bench to bedside, improving patient care. We currently have a range of pioneering research initiatives in the fight against cancer, right here at Birmingham.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Eleanor Griffiths

    Eleanor is the fundraising lead for the project for the University of Birmingham, in charge of major donor support

    Laura Fairbanks

    Laura is the fundraising lead for the project for the University of Birmingham, in charge of lower level support

    Natalie Lloyd

    Natalie is the Head of Fundraising for the University of Birmingham and as such leads on the University's strategic involvement with the project