in £11m cancer initiative
£11m government initiative to speed up the delivery of
new cancer treatments will have one of its eight centres
at Leeds. The National Translational Cancer Research Network
(NTRAC) aims to ensure patients benefit from scientific
breakthroughs more quickly, enabling those who fail to
respond to conventional medicines to take part in clinical
trials of new treatments.
network will increase the number of new treatments and
diagnostic tests, increase the number of early clinical
trials and increase the number of patients across the
country taking part in these trials. According to current
estimates, only 10% of potential candidates for experimental
chemotherapy are entered into early clinical trials.
majority of new treatments are currently trialled mainly
in London and the south. By investing in existing centres
of excellence in other parts of the UK, and helping patients
to navigate through the system, NTRAC will increase the
availability of trials to more people across the country.
investigator at the Leeds centre Professor Phil Quirke
said: "We are pleased to have been selected as a NTRAC
centre by the department of health, as it recognises the
excellent work carried out at Leeds. There is a real need
to speed up the processes by which laboratory-based research
becomes new drugs and treatments. The University has already
identified this as an important area, and participation
in NTRAC will allow us to expand on that work, ensuring
that patients in the region, and throughout the UK, benefit
from the best treatment possible."
The centre will be a collaboration between the University's
school of medicine and departments of biochemistry, molecular
biology and chemistry, Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust,
the University of Bradford Cancer Research Unit, Bradford
Hospitals NHS Trust and Convance Laboratories.
centre will research the synthesis of new molecules, carry
out diagnostic tests and develop new tests, run phase
one and two trials, and research viral therapy and molecular
the full press release, see http://www.doh.gov.uk/newsdesk/latest/4-naa-25012002.html