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Welcome to UCL Cancer Institute 

The UCL Cancer Institute is the hub for cancer research at University College London, one of the World's leading universities. The Institute draws together over 300 talented scientists who are working together to translate research discoveries into developing better, more effective therapies for cancers and improve outcomes for cancer patients. If you are thinking about postgraduate study with us, applications to our flagship MSc Cancer programme are open for the academic year 2017/18, or find our more about our postgraduate research

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New region in noncoding DNA linked to leukaemia

A scientific team led by UCL has found a hotspot in ‘junk’ DNA that appears to be controlling how a nearby cancer-causing gene behaves, according to research published in the journal, Blood

Published: Mar 20, 2017 5:29:56 PM

TRAIL discovery points to new target for cancer therapy

New research led by UCL has revealed how certain cancer cells are able to rewire the TRAIL cell signalling pathway to help promote tumour growth and avoid immune recognition. The findings, published in Molecular Cell, provide a compelling case for exploring the potential of blocking TRAIL as a treatment for some cancers. 

Published: Mar 14, 2017 10:35:54 AM

Scientists reveal variability as key mechanism behind adaptability of immune cells

Scientists from UCL, the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute, and the University of Cambridge have identified differences in transcriptional and epigenetic variation between immune cell types that could provide vital clues to understanding how these cells adapt and respond to changing environmental conditions. These findings will inform research into how this variation can be influenced to benefit patients with immune-related diseases such as type 1 diabetes and cancer.

Published: Mar 2, 2017 12:51:36 PM

Cancer Research UK-UCL Centre

Cancer Research UK-UCL Centre

The Cancer Research UK-UCL Centre is a network and partnership between Cancer Research UK, UCL and UCL's associated Hospital Trusts. The Centre's mission is to facilitate collaboration to advance world-class translational cancer research.

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Study with us

Our education programmes reflect the depth and breadth of research expertise within the UCL Cancer Institute. Join our community of research scientists and academic clinicians through our postgraduate taught MSc Cancer or PhD studies.

Clinical Trials

Clinical Trials

The Cancer Research UK and UCL Cancer Trials Centre is one of the largest cancer trials centres in the UK. The CTC conducts multi-centre national and international phase III trials, feasibility studies and early phase I and II studies.

Our Research

Our Research

UCL is a world leader in interdisciplinary research. The UCL Cancer Institute is uniquely placed to leverage this multidisciplinary approach to advance discoveries in basic, translational and clinical cancer research.

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