World Cancer Day – Year in Review

Today is World Cancer Day (WCD), which takes place every year on 4 February.

Founded in 2005, WCD is one singular initiative allowing cancer charities, researchers, health care workers, businesses and governments to unite in the fight against the global cancer epidemic.

Since last year’s WCD we’ve published a number of news stories highlighting the developments in cancer-related research here at the University.

From leading the national lung cancer scanning rollout, a University lecturer being named as UK’s new Surgical Specialty Lead in advanced colorectal cancer, using a new drug to shrink brain tumours, we round up some of our cancer related news stories from the past 12 months.


£100k boost for eye cancer research

Researchers from the University were awarded £100k from the eye research charity ‘Fight for Sight’ to identify new treatments that could improve survival rates for an eye cancer called uveal melanoma.

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Liverpool’s Cancer Research Centre celebrates 5th birthday

In April, the North West Cancer Research Centre (NWCRC), based at the University, celebrated its 5th birthday by hosting a special scientific symposium that highlighted the research being conducted at the Centre and by its collaborators.

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Significant contribution of University researcher recognised

The Royal College of Pathologists (RCPath) presented Professor Sarah Coupland with an award in recognition of her significant contribution to ocular pathology and oncology.

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Shrinking brain tumours and opening the door for targeted cancer therapies

A new drug, known as IP1867B, could be used for future treatments of brain tumours, a study involving researchers from the University of Liverpool has found.

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Lecturer named as UK’s new Surgical Specialty Lead in advanced colorectal cancer

Mr Robert Jones, an Honorary Senior Lecturer from the University’s Department of Molecular and Clinical Cancer Medicine and surgical oncologist at Aintree University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, was appointed as the UK’s first Surgical Specialty Lead in Colorectal Liver Metastases.

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Liverpool leads STFC Cancer Diagnosis Network to improve cancer diagnosis

Led by the University, a new interdisciplinary network of scientists that aims to improve cancer diagnosis was formally launched in September at an event held at the University.

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Academic awarded prestigious bowel cancer research fellowship
A University colorectal research fellow, Miss Rachael Clifford, was awarded a Research Fellowship, funded jointly by Bowel Cancer UK and the Royal College of Surgeons of England (RCS).

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Study finds age may hinder cancer development
A new study found that human ageing processes may hinder cancer development.

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The incredible story of Henrietta Lacks at Tate Exchange

In September, a special week long public exhibition, organised by staff from the North West Cancer Research Centre at the University in collaboration with theatre company Eclipse and Liverpool-based artist Faith Bebbington, told the incredible story of Henrietta Lacks through art, science, storytelling and documentation.

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£2m pancreatic cancer study to aid earlier diagnosis launched

A new Cancer Research UK funded study, the UK Early Detection Initiative (UK-EDI), that aims to develop a test to detect pancreatic cancer earlier was launched in Liverpool in November.

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Pioneering Liverpool research leads to national lung cancer scanning rollout

The Liverpool Lung Project (LLP), a long-term research project run by the University with support from Roy Castle Lung Cancer Foundation, provided key data to drive forward the lung health check schemes announced by NHS England in February 2019.

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A celebration of WCD – FREE public event

Today staff from the North West Cancer Research Centre, based at the University, will be hosting a FREE public event to bring together local scientists, researchers, health and social care professionals, patients, survivors and members of the public, to celebrate survivorship, advances made in cancer diagnosis and treatment, and of course the contribution the University makes to the global campaign to beat cancer.

The event starts with a buffet lunch at 12.45pm, followed by guest speakers from across the local cancer community including:

  • Professor Sarah Coupland (Chair of Pathology University of Liverpool)
  • Dr Joe Sacco (Consultant in Medical Oncology University of Liverpool/Clatterbridge)
  • Dr Thomas Butts (Anatomy Lecturer University of Liverpool and Cancer Survivor)
  • Dr John Woolley (Cancer research biologist University of Liverpool Department of Molecular and Clinical Pharmacology)
  • Reverend Doctor Mike Kirby (Radiotherapy Physics University of Liverpool)
  • Gavin Flatt (Liverpool City Council Public Health)
  • Michelle Timoney (NHS Liverpool Clinical Commissioning Group)

The opportunity to visit the University of Liverpool’s Radiotherapy Simulation Suite is also being offered.

For more information and to book your place please visit