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One of the key strands of our charity’s work is funding and investing in revolutionary research that improves the diagnosis and treatment of cancer in children and young people.

Every five years, an independent panel of internationally-renowned experts in paediatric oncology review the research we fund to assess how effective it is, and the level of impact it is having not just here in the UK, but internationally.

We’re delighted to report that several of the research programmes we fund at the Wolfson Childhood Cancer Research Centre in Newcastle have been rated ‘outstanding’ – the highest possible ranking – including our work on childhood leukaemia and lymphoma, nervous system tumours, and pharmacology.

This rating – which is defined by Cancer Research UK, the world’s largest independent cancer research organisation – means these childhood cancer research projects taking place in Newcastle are among the top 5% of all internationally leading cancer research projects.

The report also found our research into early phase clinical trials, epidemiology, and health services research was internationally leading and awarded the ‘forefront’ classification.

Collectively, this makes Newcastle one of the most important childhood cancer research centres in the world.

Chris Peacock, Chair of Trustees at Children’s Cancer North, said:

“A lot of people know our charity for events like the Children’s Cancer Run, but a huge amount of what we do happens behind the scenes. Every year, thanks to the donations we receive from our supporters, Children’s Cancer North invests hundreds of thousands of pounds in revolutionary research that improves the diagnosis and treatment of cancer in children and young people.

“Knowing the research we fund is world-class, and at the forefront of advancements in how we treat childhood cancers, is incredible news. We work with some of the most talented professors, researchers and doctors in the field of oncology, and it’s thanks to their work – and the donations we receive – that we’re able to make life better for children with cancer.

“As well as helping more than 100 children and young people diagnosed in the North East and Cumbria every year, the research developed at the Wolfson Childhood Cancer Research Centre supports advancements in cancer care for thousands more.”

“If you’ve ever taken part in the Children’s Cancer Run, fundraised for Children’s Cancer North as an individual or a business, or made a donation to the charity, you’ve helped make our work possible.

“The funding we receive from Children’s Cancer North is not only improving the lives of childhood cancer patients here in the North East and Cumbria; through our research, it’s helping children and young people all over the world.”

Professor Steve Clifford, Chair of Molecular Paediatric Oncology, and Director of Newcastle University Centre for Cancer

With your support, we can continue to invest in world leading research that improves our understanding of how to treat childhood cancers.

You can learn more about the different areas of research we fund here. And don’t forget, we hold open evenings twice a year giving you the chance to meet some of the researchers from Newcastle University, and take part in lab tours so you can see first-hand how treatments are developed.

Sign up to our newsletter or follow us on social media to find out when the next open evening is taking place.

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