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Blood samples in NHS cancer testing facilities

Cancer research

Our clinical and academic researchers, in collaboration with the University of Hull, are at the forefront of research to reduce inequalities and improve outcomes for patients with cancer.

The healthcare challenge

Hull has one of the highest incidences of and mortality rates from cancer in the country.

According to Yorkshire Cancer Research, approximately 30,000 people are diagnosed with cancer every year in Yorkshire.

People are also more likely to be diagnosed and die from cancer in Yorkshire than almost anywhere else in England.

At Hull York Medical School and in partnership with the University of Hull and Hull University Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust, we foster and promote translational research to tackle this area. 

Our research projects

Visit our research projects to explore a selection of our ongoing and completed projects.



We have a proven track record in cancer research, and the opening of the Allam Building on the University of Hull campus and the development of a CT/PET/cyclotron scanner on Hull University Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust’s Castle Hill Hospital Castle Hill Hospital site in 2017, has enabled us to expand and further develop our world-class research.

The biomedical research centre was made possible by a £1.5m donation from Dr Assem Allam. The Allam Building, which is situated on the University of Hull campus, houses two research centres focusing on cardiovascular diseases and cancer. A further donation by the Daisy Appeal has helped with the purchase of two mini cyclotrons, proton-accelerating machines for use in medical applications.

The Queen's Centre at Castle Hill Hospital provides a large resource for clinical research and has been awarded a Level 5 Macmillan Quality Environment Mark - the highest mark available.


Our cancer research experts

Professor Michael Lind is the academic lead for cancer research within the Clinical Sciences Centre.

We regularly collaborate with colleagues within the University of Hull including: the Department of Biomedical Sciences, the Institute for Clinical and Applied Health Research, the Wolfson Palliative Care Research Centre

Please see our people in the Clinical Sciences Centre for members of the cancer research theme.

Contact the Clinical Sciences Centre

If you are interested in collaborating, visiting or studying with us, please contact us.