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
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... 
Evaluating development of resistance to Afatinib with [18F]FLT-PET
Project
Disease Type: Lung Cancer
Research Target: Imaging markers
Lead Researcher: Dr Ian Fleming 
Location: University of Aberdeen
Funding: £15,000
Pilot research project 1
Using Raman Spectroscopy for the early detection of oral cancer
Project
Disease Type: Oral cancer
Research Target: Underpinning biology; biological markers; new technology
Lead Researcher: Dr Rasha Abu-Eid
Location: University of Aberdeen
Funding: £12,055.75
Pilot research project 1
Evaluating the immunosuppressive microenvironment in primary breast cancer and lymph node metastasis
Project
Disease Type: Breast cancer
Research Target: Underpinning biology; Treatment targets; Biological markers
Lead Researcher: Professor Valerie Speirs
Location: University of Aberdeen
Funding: £12,900
Pilot research project 1
Repurposing of a Selective Phosphodiesterase 1 inhibitor for Leukaemia and Lymphoma
Project
Disease Type: Leukaemia and lymphoma
Research Target: Treatment targets
Lead Researcher: Dr Fiona Murray
Location: University of Aberdeen
Funding: £14,855
Pilot research project 1
Activation of pro-resolution pathways: a new therapy to treat neutropenic sepsis in cancer patients
Project
Disease Type: Neutropenic sepsis
Research Target: Underpinning biology; Treatment targets; treatments; new technology
Lead Researcher: Dr Dawn Thompson
Location: University of Aberdeen
Funding: £13,961
Pilot research project 1
Targeting the endocannabinoid system for preventing tumour progression in colorectal cancer
Project
Disease Type: Colorectal cancer
Research Target: Underpinning biology; Treatment targets; Biological markers
Lead Researcher: Dr James Hislop
Location: University of Aberdeen
Funding: £14,843
Pilot research project 1
Understanding the role of lipid composition in breast cancer initiation: A cross sectional study using novel magnetic resonance methods
Project
Disease Type: Breast cancer
Research Target: Treatment targets; imaging markers
Lead Researcher: Dr Jiabao He
Location: University of Aberdeen
Funding: £13,860
Pilot research project 1