Next to research into cancer stem cells, there is also great interest in the genetic and surgical aspects of gastrointestinal oncology, namely cancer that affects the oesophagus, pancreas, liver and large intestine. Tumour profiling and models, using laboratory animals are central to this.
Important areas of research are B-cell cancers – in particular chronic lymphocytic leukaemia (CLL), non-Hodgkin lymphoma and multiple myeloma – and the evaluation of new treatments.
Work in this field covers the full spectrum from fundamental research (genetic profiling) to clinical studies. There is a particular focus on the development of new medicines and research into the later effects of treatment.
The bulk of the neuro-oncological research is into the biology and treatment of glioblastoma multiforme.