Manchester Cancer Research Centre

The new £28.5 million Manchester Cancer Research Centre (MCRC) laboratory research facility is now open. 

The Manchester Cancer Research Centre (MCRC) is a unique collaboration that brings together the expertise, vision and resources of our partner organisations, all of which have formidable individual reputations in the fields of cancer treatment and clinical research.

The Centre was formed in 2006 by The University of Manchester, Cancer Research UK and The Christie NHS Foundation Trust and has been established as the cancer research arm of the Manchester Academic Health Science Centre (MAHSC). It has also been designated as a Cancer Research UK Centre of Excellence. Professor Nic Jones was appointed as the inaugural Director.

Bringing together basic, translational and clinical research, the MCRC partnership provides the integrated approach essential to turn research findings in the laboratory into better, more effective, treatments for cancer patients. Building on Manchester's strong heritage in cancer research, the MCRC provides outstanding facilities where scientists, doctors and nurses can work closely together.

The Vision

  • The remit of the Manchester Cancer Research Centre is to:
  • Significantly build cancer research in order to make Manchester a world leading cancer research centre
  • Develop translational and clinical research in order to ensure that discoveries in cancer biology result in enhanced patient diagnostics, care and effective treatment
  • Enhance and develop key external partnerships
  • We aim to achieve this by:
  • Recruiting and developing internationally-renowned researchers across the spectrum of basic, translational and clinical work. This will build on existing strengths and develop new key research areas.
  • Building new facilities and providing state-of-the-art technologies for cancer researchers and clinical trials support staff close to existing resources. This will facilitate collaborations and provide a seamless link between basic laboratory research, translational research and clinical research to take cancer research from the laboratory to the clinic.
  • Consolidating and enhancing the strong links with industrial and research partners, and sustaining investment in MCRC facilities.
  • Supporting extensive clinical and non-clinical cancer research training and development, to generate world leaders of the future.