Welcome to the Institute of Cancer Therapeutics
Despite major advances in cancer treatment over the last 30 years, many cancers remain effectively untreatable due to difficulty in diagnosing them and their ability to resist drugs and radiation. It has become clear that an integrated approach is needed for the discovery of new cancer drugs and diagnostic tests, and it was primarily in response to this need that the ICT grew, to incorporate key research activities that could share expertise and work together to provide a pathway for the development of novel cancer therapeutics. I am extremely passionate about the work of the ICT. We are proud to be one of only a few centres nationally with all the facilities and research expertise to take anticancer medicines and biomarkers from concept to clinic.
Browse our Website or download our ICT Brochure to find out more about our research activity.
We look forward to working with you in the future.
Professor Richard Morgan, Professor of Molecular Oncology and Director of the Institute of Cancer Therapeutics
From concept to clinic
The Institute of Cancer Therapeutics (ICT) is a multidisciplinary team of researchers at the University of Bradford working together to research, develop and commercialise new cancer treatments. The team work in the fields of synthetic and medicinal chemistry, pre-clinical pharmacology (including in vivo biology), molecular biology, drug metabolism and pharmacokinetics (DMPK), drug formulation and proteomics.
We are one of only a few centres in the UK with the research tools and expertise in-house to progress anticancer medicines and biomarkers from concept to clinic.
Excellent research facilities
The ICT is a purpose-built facility for cancer drug design, synthesis, pre-clinical pharmacology and Phase I trial PKPD laboratory support. The four floors of the purpose built cancer research building within the science quarter of the University provide 2600sqm for chemistry, cancer pharmacology and translational research in addition to commercial activity. All aspects of in vitro and in vivo research studies are catered for including cell and tissue culture, molecular and cell biology, pathology, imaging using an IVIS bioluminescence detector and confocal microscopy and cytometric analysis using FACS. In addition, several HPLCs, a single and two triple quadrupole mass spectrometers are housed within the DMPK facility to enable drug analysis for pharmacokinetic and pharmacodynamic elucidation.
The Institute has extensive laboratories and equipment for cancer drug design and development, including dedicated Good Clinical Laboratory Practice (GCLP) facilities, and modern medicinal chemistry facilities. One floor is dedicated to molecular modelling and medicinal chemistry within a 20 fume hood facility with state of the art organic synthesis equipment. In addition, the University Analytical Centre is directly accessible from the Institute and holds the key capital equipment to support discovery and pre-clinical programmes.
Within the Bioincubator suites housed on the top floor is Ethical Tissue, the university’s flagship licensed research tissue bank. This facility allows access to human matched cancer/normal human tissue as well as other human tissues and fluids.
The Institute provides collaborative research support to the pharmaceutical and biotechnology industries.
An outstanding record in research
We have an exceptional track record of research, with 92% of the Institute’s research outputs and 100% of our impact and environment studies being placed in the 4* and 3* categories in the REF2014 exercise. We are working hard to build on this for the next REF exercise.
The Institute plans to expand its research taking in more researchers that will grow and contribute to the aims of the team. In collaboration with our commercial partners we aim to progress our own development drugs to phase 1 clinical trials and also to help industrial sponsors by sharing our research expertise and facilities. ICT offers state of the art laboratories and the technical expertise to facilitate our own research and industry research through translational and contract research partnerships.
MSc courses and PhD projects
Our taught and research-based postgraduate programmes benefit from an excellent research environment within an institute that is large enough to provide world leading expertise across a broad range of relevant subject areas together with a vibrant and supportive student community.
Our taught programmes focus on the most current and commercially relevant areas, helping to ensure our MSc graduates have the best possible start to their career, or achieve an important milestone in their existing one. In addition, the ICT provides a broader education relevant to all cancer researchers through activities that include a seminar series and subject-specific symposia, in which students are encouraged to have an active part. We also have links with numerous pharmaceutical and biotech companies, helping to ensure our MSc and PhD graduates are well placed to pursue careers in either academia or industry.
The following programmes are available:
ICT Doctoral Training Centre
An exciting new Doctoral Training Centre at the ICT was launched in October 2018. A major investment of £2m by Incanthera Ltd. will enable a series of new PhD studentships to be created over the next 10 years in the field of anticancer prodrug development, building on recent ICT success in this area. This new funding is made possible following major investment into Incanthera to develop ICT2588, invented at the ICT.
The Centre will enable the training of the next generation of high-calibre cancer scientists, while simultaneously enhancing the support and training of existing PhD students at the ICT. The core theme of new centre will be the development of anticancer prodrugs, which are compounds that remain inactive in the body until they reach their target site, thereby significantly reducing toxicity. This major deal will provide a pipeline of new intellectual property opportunities for Incanthera in the future. Opportunities for students joining the Centre include a first-class training environment in an Institute with an international reputation for anticancer prodrug development, dedicated research support, a generous research consumables budget, and opportunities to attend a national and international conference.
It is expected that the first advertisements for new student applications will appear in early 2019. For more information contact ICT administrator Jennie Smith at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Institute of Cancer Therapeutics wins funding from Bone Cancer Research Trust
Dr Robert Falconer, from the ICT, can carry out his four-year project after the Bone Cancer Research Trust raised £100,000 to fund it.
He will be trying to reduce the severe side effects of Methotrexate, a chemotherapy agent used in treating osteosarcoma - or bone cancer.
New research centre launched in ICT to help fight cancer
An exciting new Doctoral Training Centre at the ICT was launched in October 2018. A major investment of £2m by Incanthera Ltd.
Meet the academic team
Director, Institute of Cancer Therapeutics and Professor of Molecular Oncology
Meet the business team
ICT networks and partners
Networks and Partners
The Institute of Cancer Therapeutics has many research collaborations and industry partnerships that span all our research capabilities. Some of our leading partnerships are outlined below:
- Yorkshire Cancer Research (Programme grant)
- Cancer Research UK (Funding)
- Prostate Cancer UK (Funding)
- RCUK Science Bridges China (Founding Partner)
- Neuroblastoma Society (Funding)
- St James's University Hospital, Leeds NICR/CRUK funded Experimental Cancer Medicines Centre (Partner)
- EPSRC (Funding)
- Bradford Teaching Hospitals Foundation Trust (PhD Studentship)
- University of Leeds (Collaborative research)
- Ethical Tissue (Spin-out)
- Incanthera (Spin-out)