The Ninewells Cancer Campaign is delighted to announce the successful conclusion of our £2 million fundraising appeal, launched in 2012 to create and equip the Jacqui Wood Cancer Centre on the University of Dundee Medical School campus at Ninewells Hospital. The Cancer Centre, home to the University Division of Cancer Research, was named in memory of Dr Jacqui Wood, Chairman of the Ninewells Cancer Campaign from its foundation in 1991.
The appeal has supported development of new state of the art research laboratories and recruitment of key scientists to drive forward cancer research programmes in the University and NHS Tayside. Prominent among the new recruits who have been supported by the Ninewells Cancer Campaign is Professor Russell Petty, the newly appointed Chair of Medical Oncology.
The fundraising milestone was recently marked by a public lecture from Professor Petty, “Achieving the impossible – developing new medicines for hard to treat cancers”, with thanks from Professor Gary Mires, Dean of the School of Medicine, Professor Sir Pete Downes, the Principal of the University and Lady Fiona Fraser, Chairman of the Campaign.
Professor Petty said, “It is a testament to the high regard of the campaign that so many people have helped us reach our most recent target. “Having a leading clinical cancer research programme allows us to make the very latest breakthrough cancer medicines available to patients. We also aim to work ever more closely with our world-leading scientists in the University of Dundee to translate their scientific advances into new more effective cancer treatments. Together this ensures that the cancer treatment we provide in Dundee remains at the cutting edge.”
Lady Fiona Fraser added, “This is a wonderful achievement. This campaign continues to grow after 20 years and we have well exceeded expectation. Once again we are humbled by the marvellous support shown by so many around Tayside and beyond.”
The Ninewells Cancer Campaign continues to fundraise to support the crucial work taking place in the Jacqui Wood Cancer Centre. If you would like to make a difference to cancer research and treatment in Tayside, please consider supporting us - full details on how to help are avilable on our Donation pages.