Professor Susan Lea, Vice-Chancellor at the University of Hull, said:
“The investment in this pioneering programme of work will help patients in Hull and the surrounding region to benefit from the highest standards of healthcare. It will build on the University’s high-calibre research into cancer care and diagnosis and underpins the University’s commitment to improving the health of people in this region and beyond.
“Our partnership with Yorkshire Cancer Research – the largest regional cancer charity in England – is fundamental to our aim to drive improvements in patient care through our extensive research.”
Working together, the University of Hull, Hull York Medical School and Yorkshire Cancer Research are able to address the devastating effect of cancer on peoples’ lives, as well as the inequalities in cancer treatment, care and early diagnosis.
Professor Una Macleod, Dean of Hull York Medical School, said:
“Cancer incidence, mortality and survival rates are often worse for those living in Yorkshire than across England as a whole, and they are especially bad in Hull. The picture worsens for the elderly and for those from socially-deprived communities. This programme will help us understand why these differences exist, and how to reduce inequalities, speed up referrals, and improve access to care and treatment.”
“We believe patient-centred cancer research will help us to improve outcomes for those living with cancer and are keen to attract the very best researchers to ensure our research meets the needs of patients across our region but is also nationally and internationally excellent – changing the way cancer is understood, diagnosed and treated. We want to radically change the life chances of people in our region living with cancer, and this funding from Yorkshire Cancer Research will help make this aim a reality.”