The CRUK Manchester Centre benefits from the strong existing partnerships within Manchester. Our activities at the Centre are also focused on building new collaborations and working relationships with other centres and institutes across the UK and the globe. Below are some of our key strategic partnerships that help us to achieve our vision and research goals.

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The University of Manchester


The University of Manchester is one of the largest universities in the UK, and part of the prestigious Russell Group of universities with outstanding facilities and hundreds of specialist research groups undertaking pioneering multi-disciplinary teaching and research. It has an exceptional track record of research excellence, with 25 Nobel prize winners among current and former staff and students with a history of world firsts and brilliant discoveries.


Cancer is one of the university’s Research Beacons – an exemplar of research that involves pioneering discoveries, interdisciplinary collaboration and cross-sector partnerships with an aim of tackling the biggest questions facing the planet.


Research is coordinated by the Division of Cancer Sciences, combining an internationally leading academic reputation with the largest clinical cancer service in the UK.

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The Christie NHS Foundation Trust


The Christie is the largest single site cancer centre in Europe and the first UK centre to be accredited as a comprehensive cancer centre. As well as treating more than 14,000 new patients every year from across the UK, its experts have been pioneering cancer research breakthroughs for more than 100 years. It is an Outstanding trust and is the first specialist hospital to be rated Outstanding twice by the CQC.


The Christie serves the 3.2 million people across Greater Manchester and Cheshire, and 26% of its patients are referred from across the UK. Based in Manchester with radiotherapy centres in Oldham and Salford, The Christie is known for many world-firsts which have impacted cancer treatment on a global scale.


The Christie also has its own School of Oncology – the first of its kind – enhancing the education and knowledge of healthcare professionals across the country.


The Christie is a world-leading organisation with many accolades covering chemotherapy, surgery, radiotherapy, and diagnostics treatment and research. In 2018, The Christie was re-accredited by the Organisation of European Cancer Institutes as a comprehensive cancer centre.

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Cancer Research UK


Cancer Research UK is the world’s largest independent funder of cancer research. Its ground-breaking work in the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of cancer has helped save millions of lives, and is entirely funded by the public. Cancer Research UK has been at the heart of progress that has seen survival rates in the UK double in the last 40 years. Cancer Research UK supports research into all aspects of cancer through the work of over 4,000 scientists, doctors and nurses.


Together with its partners and supporters, its vision is to beat cancer sooner.


In addition to funding various research projects and programmes and the CRUK Manchester Centre, Cancer Research UK has invested resources into various other initiatives across the city, leveraging decades of expertise in a number of different research fields, including the CRUK Manchester Institute, CRUK MI Cancer Biomarker Centre and CRUK Lung Cancer Centre of Excellence.

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Cancer Research UK Manchester Institute

The CRUK Manchester Institute is a leading research institute within The University of Manchester, spanning the whole spectrum of cancer research, from investigating the molecular and cellular basis of cancer, to translational research and the development of therapeutics.

It is one of Cancer Research UK’s core-funded institutes which means the majority of its research is supported by the public.

The Institute comprises over 350 Postdoctoral Scientists, Clinical Fellows, Scientific Officers, Operational and Technical staff, Postgraduate Research Students and Visiting Fellows. It has cutting edge laboratory facilities and outstanding core services, including genomic sequencing, confocal microscopy, bioinformatics, histology, and access to mass-spectrometry based proteomics.

Manchester Cancer Research Centre

Manchester Cancer Research Centre


The Manchester Cancer Research Centre was formed in 2006 as a partnership between The University of Manchester, Cancer Research UK and The Christie. It acted as a model for Cancer Research UK’s pioneering chain of Centres across the UK that link laboratory and clinic. Since its creation, the MCRC partnership has since expanded to encompass cancer research activities across Manchester, driving a consistent, compatible and integrated cancer research strategy with the ultimate aim of creating a future free from the burden of cancer.


This unique partnership creates the integrated approach essential to progress changes in patient diagnosis and care within the NHS through the Greater Manchester Cancer Plan which covers a population of over three million people and has been established as the cancer research arm of the Manchester Academic Health Science Centre (MAHSC).

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Other Manchester Centres of Excellence


The Centre also benefits from the close collaboration with other institutes, centres of excellence and other facilities across Manchester that all help to drive our research activities forward. These include, but are not limited to:



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