The ICR is one of the world’s most influential research organisations. They are the world leaders in identifying cancer genes, discovering cancer drugs and developing precision radiotherapy.
The ICR relies on support from charities, donors, partner organisations and the general public. It does not receive any government funding. That is why we chose the ICR as the first organisation to receive funding from us.
There are over 150 scientists and clinicians working at the ICR’s Division of Breast Cancer Research. The division focuses on identifying the genetic and environmental causes of breast cancer, so that they can improve diagnosis and treatment, and discover targets for cancer therapies.
Researchers at the ICR were responsible for one of the biggest discoveries in cancer genetics – the identification of the breast cancer gene BRCA2. This discovery has meant that people with a family history of breast cancer can be assessed for their future risk.
Breast Cancer Research Aid’s support of the work carried out at The Institute of Cancer Research, London, helps ensure discoveries made in our laboratories lead to new treatments for breast cancer. At the ICR we discover new cancer drugs and combination therapies. We uncover new insights into the causes of breast cancer and how it becomes resistant to treatment, and we develop novel ways to image tumours. But to embark on our innovative research, we need your support. This is where Breast Cancer Research Aid plays such an important role. Through your funding, our scientists are able to continue their research with access to the latest technology and cutting-edge infrastructure. This will allow them to continue making significant steps towards improving the lives of breast cancer patients around the world.
THE INSTITUTE OF CANCER RESEARCH (ICR), LONDON
Thanks to the support of Breast Cancer Research Aid, scientists here at Cardiff University’s European Cancer Stem Cell Research Institute are able to carry out world-leading research which has the potential to revolutionise the way we tackle cancer. By improving our understanding of how and why different cancers grow and spread, we aim to develop new and effective therapies which will make a real difference to the lives of cancer patients - and your support will help us to get there faster.