Research award to university

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YORKSHIRE Cancer Research (YCR) has awarded £2.15m to the University of York to further its internationally award-winning progress into prostate cancer stem cell research.

The five-year funding programme will allow the YCR unit at the university to explore the exact molecular properties that allow prostate cancer stem cells – widely regarded as the ‘root’ cause of all prostate cancers in men –to ultimately survive, spread and resist treatment.

A team of scientists, led by cancer specialist Professor Norman Maitland, will use the funding to look specifically at the DNA sequence of prostate cancer stem cells to determine for the first time what is missing from the sequence.

YCR science liaison officer Dr Kathryn Scott said: “Professor Maitland is recognised as a world leader in prostate cancer stem cell research and Yorkshire Cancer Research is immensely proud to support this work.”