Cancer research at the University of Aberdeen benefits from continuous, informal links and ongoing collaboration between basic science and clinicians, assisted by our location on the site of Aberdeen Royal Infirmary.
Our major research programmes focus on:
- Fundamental causes and improved treatment for common cancers including breast, prostate, and gastrointestinal cancer. Our research programmes investigate aspects from the basic cell and molecular biology of these cancers, to biomarkers and cancer models.
- Derailed DNA replication and repair that cause chromosome abnormalities and mutations leading to cancer, to improve effectiveness of cancer treatment
- Haematological cancers and strategies for immune therapy; understanding their mechanisms to improve treatment
- Clinical and epidemiological research covering primary health services care and health psychology, and effects of obesity and nutrition.
We are the home of the NHS Grampian Tissue Biorepository (part of the Scottish Biorepository Network), and are the Scottish hub of the Breast Cancer Now Tissue bank. These resources give University researchers outstanding access to high-quality, ethically-collected tissue sample and data.