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Treatment Modalities 
Gene therapy
Small Molecules
Facilities/Translational Research 
Phase 1 Capability
  • First-in-Man studies
  • Multi-centres Phase 1 studies
  • Phase 1 population: Solid tumours (all types), haematological malignancies, adult.
  • Phase 1 Mechanisms: Chemoprevention, angiogenesis inhibitors, immunotherapy, monoclonal antibodies, bioreductives.
Centre specific translational research interest

Chemoprevention biomarker development; Radio and chemosensitivity testing; cancer cell signalling pathways (lung mesothelioma, breast, colon, pancreas); angiogenesis inhibitors; imaging studies for determination of efficacy; breast cancer prediction of risk.

Technology/equipment within the centre
  • Tissue and DNA banking (-80°C and liquid nitrogen) and tissue processing facilities 
  • Analytical chemistry for biomarker development and pharmacokinetic assays are provided by 4 state of the art mass spectrometer 
  • Genotoxicity assays (inc. Comet assay & immunoassays 
  • Image analysis system based on a GCP compliant computer system 
  • Six 1.5 T clinical MRI scanners: one Siemens Avanto and four Siemens Symphony (with Quantum gradients) systems. 
Access to other Facilities and Resources

Clinical trials infrastructure for early phase studies, tissue bank with storage of urological, breast and hepatobilliary malignancies, and extensive laboratories for biomarker development.

In the wider community at the University of Leicester we have access to core facilities for gene targeting and transgenics, confocal microscopy, DNA Sequencing, SNP Genotyping, microarray, Proteomics and Mass Spectrometry, Protein Sequencing and Bioinformatics. We have access to both X- and γ-ray irradiation facilities.

We also have a designated laboratory for the preparation of samples for AMS analysis and access to the AMS facility at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, California, US.

Sample collection

Tissue Banking Activity is via the Centre's own tissue bank.

Contact: Jim Strupish

tel: +44 (0) 116 252 3238, email: jws3@le.ac.uk



ECMC funding provides infrastructure support for early phase and translational research.  From the ECMC Leicester portfolio, the following trials have been carried out.

Trial activity between 2012-2015:


Trial by disease type between 2012-2015:


Leicester has expertise in the development and characterisation of drug resistant models to identify molecular biomarkers for treatment stratification