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£20m given to cancer research in UK

18th July 2012

An anonymous donor has given Cancer Research UK £20 million to fund research into cancer immunology treatments.

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The donation, according to BBC Newsnight, will be divided between the University of Southampton and the Francis Crick Institute for Medical Research.

Sir Paul Nurse, the director of the Francis Crick Institute, said the donation would gather together some of the top scientists on the plant for the "benefit of us all". 

The £10m donated to the Institute is the biggest donation ever received by the charity. The Institute is being built in London as part of a £100m Cancer Research project and will be finished in 2015.

The donation to the University of Southampton will be used to build a cancer immunology centre, which will also open its doors in three years.

The centre in Southampton will be associated with the Francis Crick Institute and will be aimed at making the job of turning research into patient treatments more quickly.

Cancer immunotherapy targets the body's immune system against cancer cells and has made significant progress over the last two years.

Researchers have reported that gaining the funds to support work into cancer immunotherapy has become more difficult in recent years because of worldwide financial problems.


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