Beatson researchers to receive almost £1.8 million CRUK Grand Challenge funding

Huge congratulations to researchers at the Cancer Research UK Beatson Institute who will receive £1.8 million over the next five years as part of a £19m investment in a global project to investigate why some cancers are specific to certain tissues and not others.

The funding for the project will come from Cancer Research UK’s Grand Challenge awards – set up to revolutionise the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of cancer.

Professor Owen Sansom, Director of the Cancer Research UK Beatson Institute and Director of the Institute of Cancer Sciences, University of Glasgow (pictured) commented: “My team have been trying to understand for a number of years why mutations in a gene called APC are really common in bowel cancer. With this £1.8 million funding we will try to uncover why we only see the APC mutation in bowel cancer; why not breast cancer or skin cancer? If we can work out the reason this gene mutation doesn’t cause cancer in these other organs, then our hope is we might be able to find a way to make the bowel resistant to the APC mutation and prevent cancer from developing.”

First published: 28 July 2019