3rd January 2024

Cancer Research UK Cambridge Institute

Cancer Research UK Cambridge Institute

As one of the largest cancer research facilities in Europe, the Cancer Research UK Cambridge Institute provides an unrivalled biomedical research environment, bringing together the world-class science of the Universitv of Cambridge with clinical and industrial partners at the Cambridge Biomedical Campus.

Core funding from Cancer Research UK enables 20 research groups to drive forward research into critical questions about the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of cancer.

Established in 2007, the Cancer Research UK Cambridge Institute was the first major new cancer research centre in the UK for over 50 years.


The CRUK Cambridge Institute’s goal is to combine world-leading basic cancer biology with key technologies to bear on practical questions of cancer diagnosis, treatment and prevention.

Research in the CRUK Cambridge Institute focuses primarily on Tumour Ecology and Evolution, with investigations across four main areas:

  • Basic research into the cellular and molecular biology of cancer.
  • Research in molecular imaging, genomics, bioinformatics and computational biology.
  • Research focused on specific cancers, which form a link between laboratory and clinic.
  • Clinical investigations including experimental medicine clinical trials and, in the longer term, population-based studies in screening and prevention.


The Institute’s state-of-the-art core facilities play a key role in catalysing science, not only within the Institute but across Cambridge through multiple collaborations. Each facility provides equipment, support and training as well as the capacity to develop bespoke technologies. The core funding provided by Cancer Research UK allows each of our Group Leaders the freedom to expand their programme of work and follow innovative new ideas.


The Cambridge Biomedical Campus is Europe’s largest centre of health science and medical research and provides unique access to both the clinic and industry. By working in close alignment with the Cancer Research UK Cambridge Centre, researchers within the Institute can gain from clinical trial infrastructure, additional funding streams as well as networking opportunities. In 2013, the Cancer Research UK Cambridge Institute became a department of the University of Cambridge School of Clinical Medicine, strengthening links with researchers across the University.

To find out more about the Cancer Research UK Cambridge Institute, please visit: https://www.cruk.cam.ac.uk/

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