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27 April 2022
Spotlight: our work in oesophageal cancer
Oseophageal cancer piece
The world’s 7th most common malignancy, oesophageal cancer results in more than 500,000 deaths globally each year. For Oesophageal Cancer Awareness Month, we’re shining a light on much-needed research into the disease, with a collection of…


7 April 2022
Microcalcifications – the white specks often seen on mammograms – are used in breast cancer diagnosis, yet their role in the development of the…
4 April 2022
Heading to this year’s AACR Annual Meeting in New Orleans? Make sure to visit us in the exhibition space! We’ll be at stand 1118, joined by members…
31 March 2022
As we honour Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month around the world, Cancer Grand Challenges teams are investigating novel treatments for the world’s…
22 February 2022
Mounting evidence continues to connect colorectal cancer, the third most common cancer worldwide, to the microbiome: the trillions of bacteria,…

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With our first Cancer Grand Challenges blog, we reflect on the progress of the 7 teams tackling some of cancer’s toughest challenges.  It started in 2015, with 7 audacious challenges.   Since then, we’ve supported 7…
16 November 2020
Read the latest coverage of Cancer Grand Challenges.   “All these ‘challenges’ are actually very interesting and highly worthy of the attention of the cancer research community,” says Robert Weinberg, of the Whitehead…
13 November 2020
Research from the Cancer Grand Challenges Rosetta team has identified a potential metabolic weakness in cancer that could be amenable to treatment.   The findings, published in Cell, focused on exploring whether the…
29 October 2020
Up to 45% of bowel cancers carry a fault in the KRAS gene, detrimentally affecting how a patient will respond to treatment. New results from the OPTIMISTICC team suggest these poor outcomes may be due to the way faulty…
20 October 2020
Some carcinogens can cause cancer without directly damaging DNA: a new study from the Cancer Grand Challenges Mutographs team challenges a long-held view on the early development of a tumour. For years, research has…
13 October 2020
The Cancer Grand Challenges Scientific Committee is pleased to welcome two new members: Professor Jill P Mesirov (University of California San Diego School of Medicine) and Professor Barbara K Rimer (University of North…
11 October 2020