QUB gets Movember cash for cancer study

Published Thursday, 13 February 2014
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Queen's and Manchester University have teamed up with the Movember charity and Prostate Cancer UK to form a centre of excellence in the fight to defeat prostate cancer.

QUB gets Movember cash for cancer study
The charity encourages people to “grow a mo” for the month of November. (© Getty)

The universities will be given £5m over the next five years to tackle the cancer, the most common among men with 40,000 new cases diagnosed each year.

The collaboration will also include the Manchester-based Christie NHS Foundation Trust, the largest single-site cancer centre in Europe.

A team of internationally recognised scientists from across various disciplines will work in Belfast and Manchester to work to improve survival rates for those with the cancer.

The centre was chosen after an international review process with scientists having to demonstrate their track record for working in different areas.

Over the next five years, researchers will identify men at high risk and work to find out how they react to various forms of treatment in what is referred to as a 'personalised medicine' approach.

Cancer specialists will also work on refining existing treatments which could help improve treatment for other cancers.

The Belfast-Manchester centre will also bring in expertise from other specialists with backgrounds in melanoma, breast and lung cancer.

I am extremely excited about what we can achieve.

Professor David Waugh

Professor David Waugh, co-director of the new facility said: "The centre of excellence provides a rare opportunity to bring together an international team of experts who will use their individual talents in a collective and focused manner to make significant discoveries to benefit and extend the lives of men with prostate cancer.

"The scale and duration of the funding will ensure we can tackle major problems and demonstrate our progress."

The Movember Foundation encourages men to grow a moustache throughout the month of November to help raise awareness and funds for prostate cancer research.

Since its small beginnings in Australia in 2003, it has raised hundreds of millions of pounds across the world in order to fight the cancer.

A second centre of excellence will also to be located in London and will also receive a £5m investment.

Sarah Coghlan from the charity said the new centres of excellence scheme was "one of the most significant and exciting milestones for the Movember Foundation and prostate cancer research in the UK".

She added: "We're bringing the best in the research world together for a sustained period to have a real impact and to develop real understanding of how to fight this disease.

"These Movember centres of excellence are the first of their kind in the UK focussed on prostate cancer and they represent the Movember Foundation's commitment to having an everlasting impact on the face of men's health.

"We salute every one of the Mo Bros and Mo Sistas in the UK.

"This wouldn't be possible without them."

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