The Ninewells Cancer Campaign was established in 1991, following the success of what had been intended to be a one-off local appeal for a CAT scanner for Ninewells Hospital. Dr Pat McPherson, a successful local businessman and volunteer who played a major role in co-ordinating the CAT scanner appeal, then asked Jacqui Wood to join him to head a £1million appeal to establish the University of Dundee Biomedical Research Centre, a major new department led by Professor Roland Wolf within the University Medical School. The Biomedical Research Centre was initially established to study the role of environmental and genetic factors in cancer, but has since greatly expanded and has attracted many £millions in additional research grant funding – fittingly, several staff appointed to the original Biomedical Research Centre are now directing research teams in the new Jacqui Wood Cancer Centre.  The £1million fundraising appeal captured the imagination of the public and was so successful that it was decided to continue to raise money for cancer research and treatment at Ninewells Hospital and Medical School.

In almost 30 years, over £23 million has been raised, and used to support many ambitious projects including establishment of the Princess Alexandra Cancer Treatment Centre (£5.3 million), the Department of Surgery and Molecular Oncology (£4 million), the Pat McPherson Centre for Pharmacogenomics and Pharmacogenetics (£1.5 million), together with support for research into personalised cancer medicine and the provision of specialised medical and surgical equipment.

Fundraising timeline:

  • 1991 - The Biomedical Research Centre Appeal brought Professor Roland Wolf to Dundee
  • 1996 - The Princess Alexandra Centre Appeal provided a dedicated entrance to the Ward 32 Radiotherapy & Oncology Departments and also brought clinical Professors Elaine Rankin, Bob Steele and Alastair Munro to Dundee
  • 2000 – Establishment of the Department of Surgery & Molecular Oncology
  • Between 2001 and 2010 the Ninewells Cancer Campaign helped to fund the Scottish Photodynamic Centre and Skin Cancer Centre, provided photon radiosurgery equipment, pathfinder equipment and additional vital equipment and grants in various areas of cancer research and treatment.
  • 2010 – Establishment of the Pat McPherson Centre for Pharmacogenomics & Pharmacogenetics
  • 2013 – Opening of the Jacqui Wood Cancer Centre at Ninewells Hospital
  • 2015 - £2million Jacqui Wood Campaign draws to a close, which has been outstandingly successful, and the £2m funds raised have created a marvellous legacy to mark the work of Jacqui.
  • 2019​ - Lady Fiona Fraser retires as Chair. ​New Chairman Professor Bob Steele CBE, with a new committee structure.
  • 2020 - New fundraising campaign in development.​