Pilot research projects

Our long-term ambition is to attract and recruit a world-class haematology and oncology research team to the region, in turn ensuring work in this field as a top priority for Aberdeen.

Since 2010, Friends of ANCHOR has funded 72 oncology and haematology pilot research projects. All research is undertaken by scientists and academics, either on site at NHS Grampian, The University of Aberdeen or Robert Gordon University.

The charity awards funding up to £15,000 per study. This year, seven oncology projects at the University of Aberdeen have received a Friends of ANCHOR grant, at a total funding cost of £97,475. 

We provide this level of support to help grow the foundations of our knowledge of cancer and haematological diseases, to produce initial data  to attract large-scale research funding and to attract and retain top clinicians and researchers to the North-east, and ultimately, to benefit those who go through the ANCHOR Unit.

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Oncology research cancer types

 
Bowel
Brain
Breast
Colorectal
Effects of chemotherapy
Gastric
Head/neck
Leukaemia
Lung
Lymphoma
Muscle
Neutropenic sepsis
Oral
Ovarian
Pancreas
Prostate
Skin

Haematology research

 
Haemorrhage
Myeloproliferative Disease
Sickle Cell Anaemia
Thrombosis

Research targets

 
A spectrum of research aims have been supported, ranging from enhanced understanding of disease biology, through improved diagnostic and disease monitoring approaches, to novel potential treatments.
7 currently supported projects... 
The oro-intestinal microbiota as a novel marker for early detection and a target for prevention of oral cancer
Project
Disease Type: Oral cancer
Research Target: Underpinning biology; Treatment targets; Biological markers
Lead Researcher: Karolin Hijazi
Location: University of Aberdeen
Funding: £14,973
Pilot research project 1
Analysing the dynamic changes of the microbiota along the length of the colin: a comparison of the gut
Project
Disease Type: Colon cancer
Research Target: Underpinning biology, Biological markers, New technology
Lead Researcher: Mr George Ramsay
Location: University of Aberdeen
Funding: £13,679
Pilot research project 1
Unravelling the thrombotic complications associated with sickle cell disease
Project
Disease Type: Blood disorders - sickle cell disease
Research Target: Underpinning biology; Treatment targets; New technology
Lead Researcher: Dr Nicola Mutch
Location: University of Aberdeen
Funding: £15,000
Pilot research project 1
Salmonella Toxin: A New Cancer Therapeutic Tool
Project
Disease Type: Oncology
Research Target: Underpinning biology; Treatment targets; Imaging markers
Lead Researcher: Dr Massimiliano Baldassarre
Location: University of Aberdeen
Funding: £9,770
Pilot research project 1
Can malignant and benign breast cancer be differentiated by radiological microcalcification classification
Project
Disease Type: Breast cancer
Research Target: New technology; imaging markers
Lead Researcher: Dr Jiabao He
Location: University of Aberdeen
Funding: £14,663
Pilot research project 1