Cancer Research UK

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**History and Structure**:
– Founded as the Imperial Cancer Research Fund in 1902
– Renamed to Cancer Research UK after a merger in 2002
Research expenditures of £422.67 million in 2014/15
– Supports over 4,000 researchers, doctors, and nurses
– Operates research institutes in Scotland, Cambridge, and Manchester
– Partnerships with organizations like The Francis Crick Institute and Wellcome Trust

**Research and Innovation**:
– 40% of research expenditure on basic laboratory research
– Supports research into over 100 specific cancer types
– Funds over 200 clinical trials and studies cancer risk in over a million people
– Developed drugs like Cisplatin, Abiraterone, and Temozolomide
– Scientists have won major prizes, including Tomas Lindahl

**Community Engagement and Impact**:
– Citizen-science projects like Cell Slider and Play to Cure: Genes in Space
– Achievements in drug development and recognition by Nature
– Income of £718,793,138 and expenditure of £640,845,146 in 2023
– Other charitable activities including Cancer Health UK and Cancer Chat forum
– Mobile cancer awareness units delivering health information

**Funding Sources and Financials**:
– Income sources include individual donations, legacies, and royalties
– Public participation events like Race for Life raise significant funds
– Charity shops contribute to the organization’s profit
– Total income and expenditure figures for 2019/20
– Criticism faced regarding animal experiments and data protection breaches

**Advocacy and Influence**:
– Played a role in implementing the smoking ban in England
– Advocates for improved cancer screening programs and access to new medications
– Lobbies for better cancer care policies
– Criticisms faced from Animal Aid and data protection breaches
– Engages in influencing public policy and campaigning for actions against smoking

Cancer Research UK (Wikipedia)

Cancer Research UK (CRUK) is the world's largest independent cancer research organisation. It is registered as a charity in the United Kingdom and Isle of Man, and was formed on 4 February 2002 by the merger of The Cancer Research Campaign and the Imperial Cancer Research Fund. Cancer Research UK conducts research using both its own staff and grant-funded researchers. It also provides information about cancer and runs campaigns aimed at raising awareness and influencing public policy.

Cancer Research UK
Founded4 February 2002 (2002-02-04)
TypeCharitable organisation
Registration no.
  • England and Wales: 1089464
  • Scotland: SC041666
  • Isle of Man: 1103
FocusCancer research
Health policy
  • 2 Redman Place London E20 1JQ
Coordinates51°32′33″N 0°00′43″W / 51.5426°N 0.0119°W / 51.5426; -0.0119
The King
Key people
Michelle Mitchell (CEO)
Charles Swanton (Chief Clinician)
Ketan J. Patel (Chief Scientist)
£719 million (2022/23)
4591 (2023)
25,000 (2023)
Formerly called
Imperial Cancer Research Fund (ICRF)
The Cancer Research Campaign (CRC)

The organisation's work is almost entirely funded by the public. It raises money through donations, legacies, community fundraising, events, retail and corporate partnerships. Over 25,000 people are regular volunteers.

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