Research Newsletter - Spring 2016

Dear Rachel

Our purpose is to improve cancer outcomes for people in Yorkshire by investing in research-led innovation that will help us all avoid, survive and cope with cancer.

The Charity has launched an ambitious new 10 year strategy which will improve cancer outcomes in the region. Yorkshire has the third worst cancer incidence rates in England, with 11 of 13 local authorities in the region having outcomes below the national average. More details are in our strategy document which is available to download.

The Charity kick-started its new strategy by hosting expert workshops on lung cancer and the early diagnosis of cancer. They were attended by more than 100 of the most influential and experienced leaders in the field from a broad range of disciplines. The workshops helped us to define the 2016 funding priorities in lung cancer and early diagnosis. We would like to thank everyone who took part in this important initiative.

 Early Diagnosis Workshop Attendees

We have allocated £6.5m for the 2016 Funding Round and we are inviting applications in the following areas:

1. Changing behaviour in relation to cancer signs and symptoms in deprived communities

2. Using primary care to improve the uptake of National Cancer Screening Programmes

3. Testing novel early diagnosis tools in a primary care setting

4. Testing new clinical interventions in lung cancer or early diagnosis

5. Using CT screening to identify early lung cancer in “at risk” populations

6. Developing new models of best practice in lung cancer pathways across Yorkshire

Please note there is no preliminary application form for the 2016 Funding Round.

Applications will be accepted from any organisation in the UK who can deliver improvements in Yorkshire in lung cancer or early diagnosis.

Supporting documents including the Application Form and Information For Applicants are available to download on our website.

Announcing the 2015 awards

Our 2015 Funding Round concluded with 6 new awards totalling £2.84m. Congratulations to all who secured funding. Details of the projects we supported are available from the Yorkshire Cancer Research website.

Professor Michael Lind

Peripheral blood detection of EGFR status in lung cancer patients

Professor Chris Twelves

Phase 1 Clinical and "Proof-of-Principle” Trial of ICT 2588

Professor Miriam Johnson

Reducing inequalities in care for people with cancer and pallative care needs: A programme of work for cancer patients and caregivers in the community based in Yorkshire


Professor Galina Velikova

Curative treatment modalities of early stage Non Small Cell Lung Cancer: Effect on Patient Reported Outcomes of Video Assisted Thoracoscopic (VATS) Resection and Stereotactic Ablative Body Radiotherapy (SABR)

Professor Phil Quirke

Does intensive multidisciplinary team intervention improve bowel cancer outcomes in Yorkshire. The Yorkshire Cancer Research bowel cancer improvement programme.

Professor Daryl O’Connor

Increasing bowel cancer screening uptake: Development and testing of a new behaviour change intervention for use in deprived and non-deprived populations. 

Annual Reports

Annual report forms have now been distributed to all award holders, with a deadline of midday on Monday 18 April 2016. Please contact us if you have or had an award which was live at any point in 2015 but have not received your annual report form.

2016 Logo

Our 2016 logo is now available. You can download web and print versions at


Everybody knows tea tastes better in Yorkshire, so why not get together with colleagues and hold a Yorkshire Tea Party!

Email us for more information and to request your tea party pack. 


Team Yorkshire

We want to be able to fund as much research as possible but our funds are limited.

We’d appreciate your support with fundraising and the more we raise the more research we can fund! The most popular ways our research community supports us are by taking part in one of our events or becoming a regular donor.

You can find our full list of events here. Whether you’re running, cycling, walking or taking on a triathlon, Team Yorkshire is here to support you every step of the way and we’ll support you right to the finish line!

Alternatively if you would like to make a regular donation to help save lives, prolong life and improve the quality of life for cancer patients in Yorkshire please click here to set up a regular gift online.

If you’d like to support us in any other way we’d be delighted to hear about your plans.

Thank you.

Patient groups

Do you know of any local cancer patient support groups or cancer patient research groups?

If so, please share their details with us by emailing The information will help us to map the patient groups across the Yorkshire region.

In the news

University of York

Crown Bioscience Inc. has reached an agreement with the University of York to exclusively license and commercialise the University’s unique collection of patient-derived xenograft (PDX) models for prostate cancer.

The models were developed by Dr Anne Collins in the laboratory of Professor Norman Maitland in the Department of Biology at the University of York, with major funding from Yorkshire Cancer Research.

University of Leeds

Professor Phil Quirke recently demonstrated digital pathology during Princess Anne’s visit to the Thackray Medical Museum in Leeds earlier this month.

The visit was organised to commemorate 100 years since King George V visited the East Leeds Military War Hospital, as it was then known, on 28th September 1915.

Your news

We love to hear about your successes, so please send us your stories and photographs. Your news could be an exciting conference you've attended, a lab tour, a published article or a fundraising event.

Please contact Linsey Trower at or Nikki Brady at with your stories.

Annual Research Meeting

For many years we’ve traditionally held an Annual Research or Scientific Meeting in the summer to highlight the work of Yorkshire Cancer Research funded researchers. In 2016 we’re taking a break and we’ll be in touch again with further details of our new format and plans for 2017. 

The standards we work to

At Yorkshire Cancer Research we work to the highest standards to ensure that our donors can always be confident that their money will be put to the best possible use. We are members of the Association of Medical Research Charities (AMRC), the Fundraising Standards Board (FRSB), and we are non-commercial partners of the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR).

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