Cancer Research UK is first Founding Charity Member of Our Future Health

News – 8 January 2024
Cancer Research UK has become the first Founding Charity Member of Our Future Health.

Founding charity member

Cancer Research UK is one of the leading health research charities who are providing valuable support to help develop Our Future Health. They were previously an affiliate charity of Our Future Health and have been contributing to Our Future Health since its launch. With their new Founding Charity Membership, Cancer Research UK will play a bigger role in the programme, including sitting on our Founders Board, a crucial part of our governance that brings together the charity and industry partners who are co-funding the programme.

The Founding Charity Members will work collaboratively, sharing knowledge, expertise and resources to accelerate progress in improving health outcomes for the entire UK population, including under-served communities who historically have not been well represented in research programmes of this nature. Working together we will strategically reach and engage scientific and clinical communities, along with cancer patients and the wider public, to contribute to the scientific vision of the programme and to maximise the use of Our Future Health.

Dr Raghib Ali, Chief Executive and Chief Medical Officer of Our Future Health, said, “We’re delighted that Cancer Research UK has signed as our first Founding Charity Member. They have provided us with a significant amount of support since the inception of our programme and their new role within our programme provides us both with an exciting opportunity to work together to make discoveries that can prevent, detect and treat cancer.” 

David Crosby, Head of Prevention and Early Detection Research at Cancer Research UK, said, “This partnership has the potential to unlock new discoveries through research and it’s a step forward to identify more equitable ways of cancer prevention and detection.”

There are around 375,000 new cancer cases in the UK every year, which is around 1,000 every day. 38% of cancer cases in the UK are preventable.

Cancer Research UK is the largest fundraising medical research charity in the world, funding almost 50% of all non-commercial cancer research in the UK, primarily through public donations. They support researchers across the UK in their institutes and centres, as well as through response mode grants through their funding Committees.

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