The Centre has brought together the breadth and depth of excellence in Oxford for the benefit of cancer research.

Our vision for cancer research in Oxford is to harness our world-leading science across a broad range of disciplines for onward translation and eventual cure.

We are focused on applying our fundamental research to clinical challenges in early detection, stratifying patients for optimal intervention and selecting the most effective therapies with the potential to cure.

We are shifting the current clinical trial paradigm by focusing on early stage cancer, selecting the optimal combination of novel therapies and applying them in ‘smart’ early phase clinical trials. This concept of precision medicine will speed up the development of new treatments, getting them to the right patients faster.

The Centre is driven by a set of core principles which are the guiding foundation for our research activities:

  • To facilitate translation of our wealth of fundamental sciences throughout the entire cycle of discovery for patient benefit.
  • To develop Oxford-led science for application in early phase clinical trials and the delivery of precision medicine.
  • To drive research in priority disease sites, including CRUK’s cancers of unmet need.
  • To foster partnerships across the University and the NHS Trust to ensure maximum leverage for investment.
  • To lead the national cancer agenda by identifying new innovations and trends, encouraging collaboration to strengthen internal partnerships and build external networks.
  • To ensure representative governance to deliver equitable and transparent access to core resources.
  • To support the next generation of cancer researchers throughout their clinical and academic career path.
  • To enhance communications to increase national and international recognition and profile of our scientific and clinical achievements.
  • To build a culture of engagement to help raise the profile of cancer research in Oxford and across the UK.