We promote and support internationally competitive, high quality research into the causes, treatment and prevention of cancer. Many cancers previously thought to be incurable are now being treated successfully as a result of scientific research.
Having invested over £11m we are one of the major funders of cancer research in Northern Ireland. Highlights include jointly funding the establishment of the Department of Oncology at Queen’s University Belfast; extending our investment to pump-prime funding for innovative research at the University of Ulster; funding and establishing the Northern Ireland Cancer Registry which collates data on the incidence of cancer in Northern Ireland and the outcomes for patients. We also provide funding for research projects, clinical and scientific fellowships, lectureships and chairs.
Research has also helped us to more fully understand public awareness and attitudes to cancer. This work has led to the development of innovative projects which support people in high risk groups to take positive steps to lower their risk of cancer.