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Our approach to research excellence

The Institute of Cancer Therapeutics is world-renowned for research, training and partnership with industry. Our excellence is testified by substantial investment from industry and research councils, leading to high impact outputs, innovation and knowledge transfer.

The REF 2021 assessment placed over 80% of outputs in Allied Health Professions rated as Internationally Excellent or World Leading (3* or 4*).

Research Excellence Framework Assessment 2021

Recent Publications


Hull MA, Ow PL, Ruddock S, Paul M Loadman et al Randomised, placebo-controlled, phase 3 trial of the effect of the omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acid eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) on colorectal cancer recurrence and survival after surgery for resectable liver metastases: EPA for Metastasis Trial 2 (EMT2) study protocol. BMJ Open 2023;13:e077427. doi: 10.1136/bmjopen-2023-077427

Fuller H, Race AD, Fenton H, Burke L, Downing A, Williams EA, Rees CJ, Brown LC, Loadman PM, Hull MA. Plasma and rectal mucosal oxylipin levels during aspirin and eicosapentaenoic acid treatment in the seAFOod polyp prevention trial. Prostaglandins Leukot Essent Fatty Acids. 2023 May;192:102570. doi: 10.1016/j.plefa.2023.102570. Epub 2023 Mar 23. PMID: 37003144.


Ray, S., Abugable, A.A., Parker, J. & Sherif F. El-Khamisy et al. A mechanism for oxidative damage repair at gene regulatory elements. Nature 609, 1038–1047 (2022).

Barnieh FM, Ribeiro Morais G, Garland H, Loadman PM, and Falconer RA. Targeted delivery of a colchicine analogue provides synergy with ATR inhibition in cancer cells. Biochem Pharmacol 201, 115095  (2022).

Eschweiler, S., Ramírez-Suástegui, C., Li, Y., Loadman P. M., et al. Intermittent PI3Kδ inhibition sustains anti-tumour immunity and curbs irAEs. Nature 605, 741–746 (2022).

Abacha Yabalu Z., Forkuo Arnold Donkor, Shnyder Steven D., Wright Colin W. et al Semi-Synthetic Analogues of Cryptolepine as a Potential Source of Sustainable Drugs for the Treatment of Malaria, Human African Trypanosomiasis, and Cancer. Front. Pharmacol., 13 (2022)

Ali I. M. Ibrahim, Elisabet Batlle, Smarakan Sneha, Rafael Jiménez, Raquel Pequerul, Xavier Parés, Till Rüngeler, Vibhu Jha, Tiziano Tuccinardi, Maria Sadiq, Fiona Frame, Norman J. Maitland, Jaume Farrés, and Klaus Pors. Expansion of the 4-(Diethylamino)benzaldehyde Scaffold to Explore the Impact on Aldehyde Dehydrogenase Activity and Antiproliferative Activity in Prostate Cancer; Journal of Medicinal Chemistry 2022 65 (5), 3833-3848

Ingram, N.; McVeigh, L.E.; Abou-Saleh, R.H.; Batchelor, D.V.B.; Loadman, P.M.; McLaughlan, J.R.; Markham, A.F.; Evans, S.D.; Coletta, P.L. A Single Short ‘Tone Burst’ Results in Optimal Drug Delivery to Tumours Using Ultrasound-Triggered Therapeutic Microbubbles. Pharmaceutics 2022, 14, 622.

Giacomo Reina, Amalia Ruiz, Barbara Richichi, Giacomo Biagiotti, Gina E Giacomazzo, Lucas Jacquemin, Yuta Nishina, Cécilia Ménard-Moyon, Wafa T Al-Jamal and Alberto Bianco. Design of a graphene oxide-BODIPY conjugate for glutathione depletion and photodynamic therapy; 2D Materials, Volume 9, Number 1


Barnieh, F.M.*; Loadman, P.M.; Falconer, R.A.* “Is tumour-expressed aminopeptidase N (APN/CD13) structurally and functionally unique?” Biochimica et Biophysica Acta – Reviews on Cancer, 2021, 1876, 188641.

Ibrahim AIM*, Ikhmais B, Batlle E, AbuHarb WK, Jha V, Jaradat KT, Jiménez R, Pequerul R, Parés X, Farrés J, Pors K*. Design, Synthesis, Biological Evaluation and In Silico Study of Benzyloxybenzaldehyde Derivatives as Selective ALDH1A3 Inhibitors. Molecules. 2021 Sep 23;26(19):5770. doi: 10.3390/molecules26195770.
Presa D, Khurram SA, Zubir AZA, Smarakan S, Cooper PA, Morais GR, Sadiq M, Sutherland M, Loadman PM, McCaul J, Shnyder SD, Patterson LH, Pors K*. Cytochrome P450 isoforms 1A1, 1B1 AND 2W1 as targets for therapeutic intervention in head and neck cancer. Sci Rep. 2021 Sep 23;11(1):18930. doi: 10.1038/s41598-021-98217-z.

Peter K Nicholls, David C Page. Germ cell determination and the developmental origins of germ cell tumors (2021) Development 148 doi:10.1242/dev.198150

Barnieh, F.M.; Loadman, P.M.; Falconer, R.A.* “Progress towards a clinically-successful ATR inhibitor for cancer therapy.” Current Research in Pharmacology and Drug Discovery, 2021, 2, 100017.

Guo, X.; Elkashef, S.M.; Patel, A.; Ribeiro Morais, G.; Shnyder S.D.; Loadman, P.M.; Patterson, L.H.; Falconer, R.A.* “An assay for quantitative analysis of polysialic acid expression in cancer cells.” Carbohydrate Polymers, 2021, 259, 117741.

Ribeiro Morais, G.*; Falconer, R.A.* “Glycosyl disulfides: importance, synthesis and application to chemical and biological systems.” Organic and Biomolecular Chemistry, 2021, 19, 82-100.

Ringaile Zaksauskaite, Ruth C Thomas, Freek van Eeden, Sherif F. El-Khamisy; Tdp1 protects from topoisomerase 1–mediated chromosomal breaks in adult zebrafish but is dispensable during larval development; Science Advances,  29 Jan 2021: Vol. 7, no. 5; DOI: 10.1126/sciadv.abc4165


Guo, X.; Malcolm, J.R.; Ali, M.M.; Ribeiro Morais, G.; Shnyder, S.D.; Patterson, L.H.; Loadman, P.M.; Falconer, R.A. An efficient assay for identification and quantitative evaluation of potential polysialyltransferase inhibitors. Analyst, 2020, 145. 4512-4521.

Fielden J, Wiseman K, ……Maughan TS, El-Khamisy SF, Ramadan K (2020). TEX264 coordinates p97- and SPRTN-mediated resolution of topoisomerase 1-DNA adducts. Nature communications, 9;11(1):1274.

Nicola Ingram; Laura E McVeigh; …………Neil H Thomson; Paul M Loadman; …………; P Louise Coletta Targeted, Ultrasound - Triggered Microbubbles Enhance the Therapeutic Range of Cytotoxic Drugs, (2020) Theranostics; 10(24):10973-10992.

Quattrini, L.; Sadiq, M.; Petrarolo, G.; Maitland, N.J.; Frame, F.M.; Pors, K.; La Motta, C. Aldehyde Dehydrogenases and Prostate Cancer: Shedding Light on Isoform Distribution to Reveal Druggable Target. Biomedicines 2020, 8, 569.

Ahmet DS, Basheer HA, Salem A, Lu D, Aghamohammadi A, Weyerhäuser P, Bordiga A, Almeniawi J, Rashid S, Cooper PA, Shnyder SD, Vinader V, Afarinkia K. Application of small molecule FPR1 antagonists in the treatment of cancers. Sci Rep. 2020;10(1):17249.

Synthesis and Characterization of Novel Nopyl-Derived Phosphonium Ionic Liquids J. Yu, R.T. Wheelhouse, M.A. Honey* and N. Karodia*.  J. Mol. Liq. (2020)

Soldevila-Barreda J, Azmanova M, Pitto-Barry A, Cooper P, Shnyder S, Barry N (2020). Preclinical anticancer activity of an electron-deficient organoruthenium (II) complex. ChemMedChem. 15:982-987.

Mikedis MM, Nicholls PK, Fan Y, Endo T, Jackson EK, de Rooij DG, Page DC. DAZL mediates a broad translational program regulating expansion and differentiation of spermatogonial progenitors. eLife. 2020; 9: e56523.