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Dear City of London Centre members,

In this week issue we share with you news stories from across the Centre, information on open calls, and upcoming events. Hope you are enjoying the hot weather!


News | Open calls  | Seminars & events 



Cancer Grand challenge winners announced

Congratulations to all 4 winning teams, each of them will receive $25m Cancer Grand Challenges funding to take on some of the toughest challenges in cancer research.  

The CANCAN team will take on the Cachexia challenge.
The eDyNAmiC team will take on the Extrachromosomal DNA challenge.
The NexTGen team will take on the Solid Tumours in Children challenge.
The PROMINENT team will take on the Normal Phenotypes challenge

Seven UCL researchers are involved in    Cancer Grand Challenges selected teams

Dr Martin Pule (UCL Cancer Institute) will co-lead the  NexTGen team, which takes on the ‘Solid tumours in children’ challenge. He will be joined by UCL co-investigators Professor Karen Page (UCL Mathematics), Dr Karin Straathof (UCL Great Ormond Street Institute of Child Health), Professor Sergio Quezada and Dr Kevin Litchfield (both UCL Cancer Institute) and Professor Marc-Olivier Coppens (UCL Chemical Engineering). Read more

Dr Mariam Jamal Hanjani (UCL Cancer Institute) has been selected to join two Cancer Grand Challenges teams:  eDyNAmiC team and CANCAN team. Read more

BCI researcher joins global Cancer Grand Challenges team taking on some of the most challenging forms of cancer

Dr Benjamin Werner from Barts Cancer Institute (BCI) at Queen Mary University of London is part of a world-class team of researchers that has been selected to receive a £20m Cancer Grand Challenges award to tackle the challenge of extrachromosomal DNA (ecDNA), a major driver of tumour evolution present in around a third of cancers. Read more

Science and art collide at this year’s Royal Academy’s Summer Exhibition

An artwork by Professor Tyson Valentine Sharp from Barts Cancer Institute (BCI) at Queen Mary University of London has been selected for display in Room VIII at the Royal Academy of Art’s prestigious Summer Exhibition. Read more

Partners news
What's on at UCL
What's on at Barts Cancer Institute
What's on at King's College London
What's on at the Crick Institute

Open calls 

CRUK Funding and research opportunities

Preliminary submission by the 12th July 2022
Multidisciplinary project Award
Final submission by the 19th July 2022
Cancer Immunology Project award
Final submission by the 21st July 2022
Biomarker Project Award
Final submission by the 21st July 2022
Prospective Sample Collection Awards
Applications accepted all-year round
Therapeutic Catalyst
Applications accepted all-year round
The Francis Crick Institute Clinical Fellowships

Calling all researchers - Apply to Cancer Research Horizons Seed Fund

Are you looking to translate your research via a start-up? 

We provide quick access to early-stage validation, pre-seed and seed capital investment, and just as importantly, expert support throughout the process.
Whether you’re looking for £50k or £500k, get in touch to find out how we can support you. Find out more and apply

Call for project submissions - 2023 CRUK CoL Centre PhD and Clinical Training Fellow programme
Calls are open now for project proposals for the 2023 intake of the CoL Centre PhD and CRTF programmes. We anticipate recruiting up to six science graduates and three clinical research training fellows. Submission deadline for project proposals and expression of interest is 1 August 2022. We invite applications from supervisor teams formed by CoL Centre Faculty from different Centre partners. For more info check the call email sent on 9 June 2022 or get in touch with our Postgraduate Training Manager Iris Lüke ( Please note that we are not currently accepting EoI for the CoL Centre MBPhD programme. This call will open in late summer.

Seminars & events 


Monday 11th July 2022, 4.00pm 
Speaker: Luigi Ombrato (CRUK Barts Centre) 
Title: “Tumour Microenvironment De-Construction: identify the tumour niche cells to understand the sequence of events in metastasis”
Host: Sophie Acton 

Hybrid: LMCB Seminar Room and Online on MS Teams
Or join by entering a meeting ID
Meeting ID: 342 261 214 305
Passcode: 2Gx6mG

Tuesday, 12 July 2022, 12:00pm 
Speaker: Prof. Samita Saxena, Dept. of Neurology, Inselspital, University of Bern, Switzerland 
Title: ‘Adaptive to Vulnerability Mechanisms in Neurodegeneration' 
Host: Jean-Marc Gallo 
Online via Zoom 
Meeting ID: 812 8283 6267
Passcode: nJsBU3

Tuesday 19 July 2022, 11:00-12:00 noon (online)
NCITA Educational Lecture Series 'On the Shoulders of Giants'
'Striving for Evidence - With and Without a Randomised Controlled Trial' 
Professor Tom Treasure, UCL

In this lecture, Professor Treasure will discuss his experiences of striving to get the evidence to stop a cancer operation that does not help patients and introducing an operation that does. Prof. Treasure will discuss the perpetuation of a flawed belief, using lung metastasectomy in colorectal cancer as an example. He will also illustrate that that not everything is amenable to, or indeed needs, a randomised trial, using Marfan Syndrome as an example. 
 **Registration is Open**
Free academic writing training for CRUK-funded staff and students
UK EQUATOR Centre is offering five free places to our online short course, Publication School, to early-career researchers and students who are supported by CRUK. If you want to find out more, please click here

CRUK research networking opportunity
If you are looking for new opportunities to exchange scientific ideas and interact more closely with other cancer research groups,  Open Lab Initiative is for you! Find out more @


Cancer Research UK Brain Tumour Conference

Monday 5 - Wednesday 7 September 2022
Leonardo Royal London Tower Bridge, London
This event will be CPD accredited
Early bird rate from £220 to £600 (15th July)
Standard rate: From £320 to £700
Register now

Black in Cancer Conference
Empowering the next generation
Date and time
Mon, Oct 10, 2022, 10:00 AM – Tue, Oct 11, 2022, 5:00 PM BST
Science Museum, Exhibition Road, London, SW7 2DD     Register here
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