Our vision

The European Cancer Stem Cell Research Institute establishes Cardiff University as an international leader in the field of cancer stem cell research. The ultimate aim is to develop new cancer therapies which will make a real difference to the lives of patients.

We intend to build on Cardiff University's existing strengths in basic science, in the development of new drugs and therapies, and in the planning and conduct of clinical trials. We attract and nurture international research talent in this field, from the most senior level to the most promising postgraduate students, and with a particular focus on talented early career scientists through our ongoing Fellowship initiative.

The Research Institute fosters new collaborations both across the University and with UK and international partners. Our ambition is to be recognised as the UK Centre for cancer stem cell research, attracting continued support and funding from organisations and individuals keen to see breakthroughs in the field.

Our immediate strategic scientific objective is to improve our understanding of cancer stem cells and the role they play in a range of cancers. From there our aim is to develop new therapies which can be shown to make a real difference in the clinic - ultimately, to transform the survival rates for patients suffering from all types of cancer.