The Division of Cancer Research focuses on biological, translational and clinical cancer research. Our aim is to understand the biological and behavioral mechanisms underlying cancer and to translate this research into the clinic to improve the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of disease. We are a key element of the Dundee Cancer Centre, which co-ordinates cancer research, health promotion and public engagement in Tayside.
The Division is a world-class centre for the study of cellular responses to stresses such as environmental toxins, viruses, DNA damage and the disruption of cell division. Our research on immunology and the mechanisms of tumour development and progression is internationally recognised. We have particular expertise in the molecular and cellular biology of cell signaling, DNA damage, metabolism, cell proliferation and cell death.
Our clinical and translational research is primarily in the areas of breast and skin cancers, with additional strengths in colorectal cancer, gynaecological cancer and leukaemia. We aim to understand how the interaction between genetics and the environment controls the development of cancer. We are also investigating how genes determine responses to anti-cancer drugs and radiation in order to improve cancer treatment outcomes.
Cancer prevention is another key area of our work and our faculty includes Professor Bob Steele whose work led to the introduction of national screening for colorectal cancer throughout the UK, which saves hundreds of lives every year.
Support and Facilities
Our Division receives support from leading cancer charities (see side bar), UK Research Councils, the Chief Scientist Office Scotland and industry. We are proud to be supported by the Ninewells Cancer Campaign.
Our laboratories and facilities are of the highest standard - housed in the new Jacqui Wood Cancer Centre and the Clinical Research Centre at Ninewells Hospital and Medical School.
We have a vibrant graduate student programme for MRes and PhD students – and provide training for postdoctoral researchers supported by grants or personal fellowships. Contact individual Group Leaders (below) for information about specific projects.
For general enquiries about the Division of Cancer Research, contact Cancer-Admin@dundee.ac.uk.