In 2006, The University of Manchester, The Christie NHS Foundation Trust and Cancer Research UK established the Manchester Cancer Research Centre (MCRC). This partnership has since been expanded to include research activity at Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust and Salford Royal NHS Foundation Trust.

The University of Manchester

The University of Manchester is one of the largest universities in the UK, with hundreds of specialist research groups undertaking pioneering multi-disciplinary teaching and research of worldwide significance. It has an exceptional record of generating and sharing new ideas and innovations, and a rich academic heritage, and can lay claim to 25 Nobel laureates amongst its current and former staff and students. The University's research beacons are examples of pioneering discoveries, interdisciplinary collaboration and cross-sector partnerships that are tackling some of the biggest questions facing the planet, and cancer is one of the five beacons.

Cancer Research UK Manchester Institute

The Cancer Research UK Manchester Institute is a research institute within The University of Manchester, and is one of four research institutes core-funded by Cancer Research UK (CRUK). Research at the Institute spans the whole spectrum of cancer research, from programmes investigating the molecular and cellular basis of cancer to those focused on translational research and the development of novel therapeutic approaches.

The Christie NHS Foundation Trust

The Christie specialises in cancer treatment, research and education, and is the largest cancer centre in Europe. As well as treating 13,000 new patients every year from across the UK, its experts have been pioneering cancer research breakthroughs for more than 100 years. The Christie serves a population of 3.2 million people across Greater Manchester and Cheshire, while 26% of its patients are referred from across the UK. Based in Manchester with radiotherapy centres in Oldham and Salford, The Christie is known for many world-firsts, which have impacted cancer treatment on a global scale. The Christie also has its own School of Oncology – the first of its kind– enhancing the education and knowledge of healthcare professionals across the country.

Cancer Research UK

Cancer Research UK is the world’s leading cancer charity dedicated to saving lives through research. Their groundbreaking work into the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of cancer has helped save millions of lives and is entirely funded by the public. Cancer Research UK has been at the heart of the progress that has already seen survival rates in the UK double in the last forty years. Cancer Research UK supports research into all aspects of cancer through the work of over 4,000 scientists, doctors and nurses. Together with its partners and supporters, Cancer Research UK's vision is to beat cancer sooner.

Health Innovation Manchester

Health Innovation Manchester was created through the merger of the Manchester Academic Health Science Centre (MAHSC) and Greater Manchester Academic Health Science Network (GM AHSN) in 2017, and is an ‘academic health science system’ that leverages the city region’s entire spectrum of exceptional clinical, academic and public assets, alongside industry innovators, to inject proven innovation into population health, social care, and acute services. It is a partnership of universities, research bodies, NHS trusts, life-science industry and local government. 

A new, city-wide hospital Trust - Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust (MFT) - encompasses nine hospitals, several of which provide cancer services. Saint Mary’s Hospital is a regional referral centre for gynaecological oncology, and is also home to research into Genetic Medicine, which includes work on genetics relating to the risk and treatment of breast cancer. Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital is the biggest children’s hospital in the UK, and covers oncology in its major specialisms. Specialist lung cancer surgery for patients across Manchester and Cheshire is based at Wythenshawe Hospital, which is also home to The Nightingale Centre and Genesis Prevention Centre. Separately, Salford Royal NHS Foundation Trust provides services relating to brain, CNS and skin cancer for the whole of Greater Manchester, and offers highly specialised Stereotactic Radiosurgery.