Breaking the ground event with (L-R) Prof Nic Jones, and cancer survivors Amber Irvine and Stan Parker
“What Manchester does today, the rest of the world does tomorrow”
The Northwest of England has a long history of innovation – from the cotton mills of the Industrial Revolution to the ‘Madchester’ music scene of the late 1980s, it has cultivated a sense of originality and influence.
And this is equally true of its academic heritage – the atomic theory, the world’s first stored-programme computer, and the first “test-tube baby”, were all born under Greater Manchester’s skies.
Continuing this rich tradition, inspirational cancer survivors and donors come together to celebrate the first steps in the construction of a new state-of-the-art research building in Manchester.
Stan Parker and nine-year old Amber Irvine, who both beat their cancers thanks to cutting-edge treatment, joined Cancer Research UK’s Chief Scientist to ‘break the ground’ on the site of the new Manchester Cancer Research Centre (MCRC) in South Manchester.
The following video showcases what the building will look like when it’s finished in 2014:
Crowdfunded research has been discussed in the media
Funding science in the current economic climate is tough, and the economy doesn’t look like it’s going to get better any time soon. At Cancer Research UK, we rely solely on the generosity of the public to keep funding cutting edge science, and we’re always overwhelmed by how far people go to help us. Even so, we have had to make some difficult decisions about what new research we can and can’t afford to fund. In the midst of this squeeze, a new buzzword has started to be bandied around: ‘crowdfunding’.
Offering the promise of cash direct from the public to scientists – this new phenomenon has been touted as a way to ‘turn the taps back on’ for research where funding has dried up. The public too may like the idea of choosing exactly what science is supported, perhaps to help a loved one or to support work in their local area.
Given the recent media coverage about one such enterprise – a project called iCancer that aims to support cancer research in Sweden – and the enquires we’ve had as a result, we thought it was time to look at the whole phenomenon of ‘crowdfunding’.