Call for ovarian cancer research project grant applications

Amy Schofield 01 February 2018

Target Ovarian Cancer has announced a new call for research project grant applications, as part of the charity's medical research programme. 

Researchers from across the UK are invited to apply for up to £200,000 of funding for projects that aim to optimise and develop more effective and less toxic treatments for ovarian cancer.

This call for project proposals builds on the £1,000,000 that the charity has already invested in world class ovarian cancer specific research, to accelerate the discovery of new life extending treatments and improve the quality of life for women with ovarian cancer.

The research programme has already resulted in a new protocol being rolled out for genetic testing, and developed new approaches that could make ovarian tumours more sensitive to chemotherapy. Ongoing projects are looking into new treatments and the earlier detection of ovarian cancer. 

Target Ovarian Cancer does not receive any government funding. Research is only made possible through donations and legacies. 

Annwen Jones, Chief Executive of Target Ovarian Cancer, said: “Research funding for ovarian cancer has dropped by a third in the past five years. There is an urgent need to increase investment. Great improvements have been made in other women’s cancers, yet no similar innovation has been made in ovarian cancer. This is a priority for Target Ovarian Cancer, and I’m delighted that we’re able to invest in another research grant at this time.”

Dr Liz Moore, recipient of the charity's prestigious Target Ovarian Cancer/Medical Research Council joint Clinical Research Training Fellowship, is investigating novel methods for the earlier and more precise detection of ovarian cancer. She said: “A lot has been done in research but there is so much more to do. It's really important that Target Ovarian Cancer funds research. I hope it has a big impact on women in the future.”


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