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Research Activities

Established as part of a UK-wide network, Cancer Research UK RadNet Manchester is a £16.5 million Radiation Research Unit in collaboration with The Christie NHS Foundation Trust.

CRUK RadNet Manchester will develop an integrated world-leading radiation oncology programme working towards individualised personalised physical and biological testing based on real-time outcomes and a mechanistic understanding of the tumour microenvironment, immune response, comorbidity and genomics.


CRUK RadNet Manchester

Led by Professors Robert Bristow, Tim Illidge and Catharine West, the CRUK RadNet Manchester in collaboration with The Christie aims to use the world-class state-of-the-art facilities and existing academic expertise in place across Manchester to drive novel innovations in translational radiotherapy science into practice changing cancer care.

Our work is separated into three programmes of research seeking to answer fundamental questions in radiobiology, including:

  • how the combination of immunotherapies and radiotherapy affects treatment
  • how to treat patients with comorbidities
  • the impact the tumour microenvironment and genomics have on radiotherapy 
  • investigating treatments for patients receiving proton beam therapy through the Proton Beam Therapy Centre located at The Christie.





Developing future Radiographers and Scientists

As part of the wider CRUK Radiotherapy Network, RadNet Manchester will provide aspiring early career researchers with the opportunities to develop their career through additional collaborative opportunities. Opportunities are available throughout the year for our Non-Clinical PhD Studentships and Clinical Research Training Fellowships, and can be found on our PhD Projects for 2020 website.

CRUK RadNet Manchester is also supporting the development of the next generation of radiographers through the establishment of the Allied Health Professionals Doctoral Academy, launched in May 2020. This academy will provide peer-to-peer education opportunities with oversight into specialised services with embedded research in MR-Linac, proton beam therapy and bracytherapy. You can discover more about the Doctoral Academy by watching the recording of our launch event held in May 2020 on our YouTube channel

Find out more about CRUK RadNet Manchester in our infographic


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