North West Cancer Research Institute at Bangor University gets £200k boost

Thursday, 9th February 2017 | General | 0 comments

Life-saving cancer research projects at the North West Cancer Research Institute will receive £200,000.

The North West Cancer Research Institute at Bangor University was founded in 2004. It is a world-class centre of excellence dedicated to molecular cancer studies.

We fund projects that look into the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of cancer at the institute.

A new research project led by Dr. Rita Cha will look at the way in which cancer cells grow and divide. It will look at the processes involved in cancer cell division, and how yeast may improve our understanding of cancer cell behaviour.

This three-year project will receive a total of £199,794. This will support the recruitment of a Post-Doctoral Researcher, as well as costs for consumables and bench equipment.

 

About the science

Cancer cells occur due to uncontrolled division. A cell needs energy to divide. Research in the last twenty years has shown that most cancer cells get this energy by consuming a large amount of glucose.

This process is called cancer cell metabolism. It is similar to the way yeast behaves in the fermentation process.

By understanding the way yeast behaves in the fermentation process, we can imitate how cancer cells use glucose when they divide.

Dr Rita Cha said “This is research at the very basic level – what we scientists call bench research - and by having a greater understanding of cancer cell behaviour, we can provide a foundation for other stages of cancer research.“

“The importance of this type of research can often be overlooked, but thanks to North West Cancer Research, we now have the means and support to drive the science behind our research forward.”

 

Funding at the North West Cancer Research Institute

To date North West Cancer Research have funded around £2.5million worth of research at Bangor University. This includes support for researchers and PhD students, as well as the creation of research fellowships- helping to attract some of the world’s leading cancer researchers to Bangor.

Help us to continue funding more vital bench research, by donating today.

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