The Ninewells Cancer Campaign is delighted to announce the successful conclusion of our £2 million fundraising appeal, launched in 2102 to create and equip the Jacqui Wood Cancer Centre on the University of Dundee Medical School campus at Ninewells Hospital. The Cancer Centre, home to the University Division of Cancer Research, was named in memory of Dr Jacqui Wood, Chairman of the Ninewells Cancer Campaign from its foundation in 1991.
The appeal has supported development of new state of the art research laboratories and recruitment of key scientists to drive forward cancer research programmes in the University and NHS Tayside. Prominent among the new recruits who have been supported by the Ninewells Cancer Campaign is Professor Russell Petty, the newly appointed Chair of Medical Oncology. Professor Petty recently acknowledged the unique opportunities in Dundee, made possible with support from the Ninewells Cancer Campaign -
‘ With the support of the Ninewells Cancer Campaign, I am delighted to have returned to The University of Dundee and NHS Tayside as Professor of Medical Oncology. The University and NHS Tayside have proven track records of innovation in cancer care and cancer research and I am excited to have the opportunity to build upon these strong foundations and develop an expanded programme of clinical and translational cancer research . We will focus strongly upon translating recent important breakthroughs in the scientific understanding of cancer as a disease, including those provided by world leading scientists in the School of Life Sciences at the University of Dundee, from the laboratory quickly into the clinic as new and improved treatments for cancer patients. Having a leading clinical cancer research programme also allows us to make the very latest breakthrough cancer medicines available to patients in NHS Tayside and ensure that our cancer treatment remains at the cutting edge and is ‘state of the art’, and so I will also be increasing the opportunities for cancer patients to take part in clinical trials.’
Lady Fiona Fraser, Chairman of the Ninewells Cancer Campaign, recently praised the tremendous support of the public across Tayside and Fife, who have again helped to us to successfully complete our latest fundraising appeal -
“It is testament to the high regard in which Jacqui was held that so many people have worked tirelessly to help us reach our target of £2million -once again we are humbled by the marvellous support shown by the many local charitable trusts, companies, individuals, groups and clubs for our fundraising work.”
The Ninewells Cancer Campaign continues to fundraise to support the crucial work taking place in the Jacqui Wood Cancer Centre. If you would like to make a difference to cancer research and treatment in Tayside, please consider supporting us - full details on how to help are avilable on our Donation pages.