Landmark AGM for leading Cancer Research Charity
North West Cancer Research forms new alliance with University of Liverpool
Partnership is a significant step in funding vital research
The North West's leading charity in cancer research is preparing for an AGM described by its chairman as "the most significant in our sixty five year history".
Liverpool-based North West Cancer Research (NWCR), incorporating Clatterbridge Cancer Research, is joining forces with the University of Liverpool and moving its offices to the iconic former Roy Castle Centre on the city's London Road.
NWCR, whose last round of research grants totaled almost £1million, will remain fully independent but its chairman Michael Potts believes that the closer link with the University of Liverpool will raise the charity's profile among leading businesses and academics and bring it closer to world-class research scientists.
He said: "We are delighted that the University of Liverpool has seen the advantages of reinforcing its links with us and our vital financial support to the Centre to arrive at a partnership agreement. We also have a successful Research Institute at the University of Bangor as well as a longstanding association with Lancaster University, where we are providing valued financial support for cancer research.
"Moving into such a historic and well known building will better position us not just with the University but with the business community and wider public. It also means we become part of the city's burgeoning Knowledge Quarter and will benefit by association not just with the University of Liverpool but with Liverpool John Moores University, The Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine, the new Royal Liverpool University Teaching Hospital and the planned bio-campus and Science Parks. This is exactly the environment in which we belong."
The Centre will provide a hub for research into the causes and treatment of cancer, making in roads into our understanding of disease and how to tackle it.
“It will enable the translation of breakthroughs into real patient benefit, by working closely with the world class facilities at the University, and with the region’s Trusts to develop new treatments and therapeutic targets. We will also develop outreach and educational activities with Liverpool City Council and the public, aimed at prevention and awareness.
“With the North West having some of the highest incidences of cancer in the whole country, it is absolutely critical that we continue to fund innovative and effective ways to deal with the problem. Charities like NWCR have the scale and influence to help us in this mission."
NWCR Chief Executive Anne Jackson said: "This is our first AGM since we merged the North West Cancer Research Fund with Clatterbridge Cancer Research and to be coupling it with our strengthening links with the University of Liverpool is very pleasing. I hope today's announcement will persuade our members and supporters to come along to hear more on Thursday.
The event is at the Cancer Research Centre on London Road and starts at 2.00pm on Thursday 20th March.