New Grants Announced for Local Ground-Breaking Cancer Research

13 March 2017

Norfolk’s cancer charity, Big C, has announced its annual major grant awards for 2017, totaling £432,000.

Five research projects across the Norwich Research Park successfully secured Big C funding, including the Institute of Food Research, Earlham Institute and University of East Anglia’s School of Chemistry, School of Biological Sciences and Norwich Medical School.

The charity received 16 grant applications this winter, amounting to a total value of £1.5 million worth of applications. A newly appointed Research Advisory Panel comprising independent scientific experts and Big C trustees had some tough decisions to make before choosing which grants to fund. Successful grant applications included projects investigating how to prevent the growth of prostate cancer; understanding cancer causing infections; stopping bowel cancer in its tracks; developing less harmful cancer detection and finding less intrusive surgery for melanoma cancer patients.

Professor Richard Mithen, Institute of Food Research said: “My colleague Dr Maria Traka and I are delighted to receive funding from Big C to extend our research into how diet may be able to prevent prostate cancer progression. We are looking to make a difference to men’s health both within Norfolk and across the world”. He added: “The support that Big C gives not only to my research group but to the wider Norwich Research Park community including their recent substantial donation to the Quadram Institute is very much appreciated”.

Dr Daniel Brewer, Cancer Genetics at the Norwich Medical School said: “I’m incredibly grateful to Big C for funding a studentship in my group. Not only will it allow us to examine in detail the potential role of bacteria in a large variety of cancers using data generated within the Genomics England 100,000 Genome project, but also allow us to train a scientist in cutting edge mathematical techniques, so our research will directly benefit patient care for many years to come.”

Dr Chris Bushby, CEO at Big C said: “We are proud to be funding ground breaking research with our partners across the Norwich Research Park”. He added: “none of this funding would be possible without the support from the public within this region”.

Where does the money come from?

Everyday Big C is helping discover more ways to treat cancer. Norfolk’s cancer charity Big C is proud to fund research to diagnose, treat and prevent cancer. The funding for all Big C research grants comes directly from donations, legacies and fund raising initiatives from both private and corporate supporters. Big C also has 10 retail outlets across the region.

Through the investment in first class research Big C is working hard to make a difference to people affected by cancer for today and for tomorrow.

There are lots of ways to support Big C, for more details of how to get involved


Big C logoBIG C Dr Chris Bushby and Aleks Gontarczyk

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