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The MRC Cancer Unit is both a core-funded Unit of the UK Medical Research Council, as well as an academic department of the School of Clinical Medicine at the University of Cambridge. Our mission is to study the earliest steps in the emergence of cancer, and translate this knowledge to clinical application for the benefit of patients. We aim to improve the early detection of cancer, to help identify individuals who are most at risk of developing cancer, and to create more effective treatments for cancer, through the invention of innovative technologies. Early intervention in cancer through improvements in prevention, detection and treatment offers tremendous promise in combating the disease. But relatively little research is carried out on understanding how cancers develop, or how to translate this understanding to the clinic. Our Unit is one of only a few centres worldwide whose mission is to address this priority. Ten faculty-led research programmes in the Unit include over 130 staff and students, and span a range of disciplines including biochemistry and molecular biology, genetics, physics, chemistry, engineering, mathematics, computational biology, clinical medicine and surgery. Our location in the Cambridge Biomedical Campus places us at the hub of biomedical research in the University, where we benefit from extensive collaborations with our partner institutions in the Cambridge Cancer Centre like the CRUK Cambridge Institute, clinical and research departments in the School of Clinical Medicine, other MRC laboratories including the MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology and the Institute of Metabolic Sciences, and commercial partners like AstraZeneca and GlaxoSmithKline. Welcome to our web pages! We hope that you will enjoy them.

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News

Research news from the MRC Cancer Unit

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Vacancies

Information on employment opportunities

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MRC-CU Blog: Inspiring the next generation of cancer researchers at the MRC Cancer Unit open day

Our latest MRC Cancer Unit blog post reports on our recent schools open day, which was held as part of the MRC Festival of Medical Research. The Festival was planned as a celebration of the medical research that is supported by the MRC and its benefit to society. MRC-funded research establishments showcased and discussed their work through events and activities at MRC-funded units, centres and institutes across the UK. Sixth-form students from a number of local schools were invited to visit the MRC Cancer Unit on June 22.

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MRC-funded PhD studentships

We possess excellent research facilities, strong collaborations with clinicians and colleagues in other disciplines, and a vibrant and supportive working environment. In addition to our outstanding research environment we offer a stipend of £18,000 pa for eligible students. Visit the studentships page for details of our forthcoming PhD opportunities.

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