Research facilities

Our first task as a new charity back in 1988 was to raise £2 million to establish a new leukaemia research centre at London’s Great Ormond Street Hospital.

The Paul O’Gorman Childhood Leukaemia Research Centre at Great Ormond Street opened in 1995. The team there is now at the forefront of worldwide research into childhood leukaemia.

Since then, we have helped to develop further centres of excellence around the UK – including centres in Glasgow, Manchester and Newcastle.

Paul O’Gorman Childhood Leukaemia Research Centre, London

John Smithies 20 November 2008
Researcher at the Institute of Child Health
Opened in 1995
This centre at the Institute of Child Health (ICH), the research arm of Great Ormond Street Hospital, was our first Paul O’Gorman Centre.

We contributed £2 million to the costs of the new centre, which opened in 1995.

Now part of University College London, ICH is the leading British academic research institution for child health.

Scientists in the centre work closely with the clinicians in the Hospital, who treat one in every 10 children diagnosed with cancer in the UK.

A major aim of the close relationship between clinicians and scientists is to translate discoveries from the lab into the clinic, to deliver real benefits t...
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Paul O’Gorman Building, Northern Institute for Cancer Research, Newcastle

Isabelle Gore 02 January 2007
Paul O’Gorman Building, Northern Institute for Cancer Research, Newcastle
Opened in 2004
Childhood cancer is a major research theme at the Institute which has become the hub for the University’s world-class capability in cancer research since opening in 2004.

We contributed £2 million towards the costs of building and equipping the Northern Institute for Cancer Research, housed in the award-winning Paul O’Gorman Building.

More than 160 staff and students are engaged in conducting and supporting research at the Institute. Working at the clinical-laboratory interface, they undertake basic research to define new targets for therapeutic and diagnostic exploitation, pre-clinical drug development to identify new agents...
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Paul O'Gorman Diagnostic Testing Laboratory, Manchester

John Smithies 30 December 2006
Paul OGorman Diagnostic Testing Laboratory, Manchester
Opened in 2006
We provided funding to equip the ‘molecular diagnostic’ laboratory, part of a new translational research facility at the Paterson Institute. 

The Paterson Institute is an integral part of the oncology centre at the Christie Hospital, a specialist cancer hospital serving the north west of England.
 
Translational research is about taking the results from the laboratory bench to the bedside – translating the science into new treatments.

We provided funding of £750,000 to equip the ‘molecular diagnostic’ laboratory, one of a number of laboratories in the new translational research facility which opened in 2006.

A major focus o...
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UCL Cancer Institute, Paul O’Gorman Building, London

Isabelle Gore 30 March 2005
UCL Cancer Institute, Paul O’Gorman Building, London
Opened in 2007
The new Cancer Institute co-ordinates all of the cancer research taking place within University College London.

We contributed £2 million towards the cost of this important new facility. In recognition of our contribution, the building in which the Institute is housed has been named the Paul O'Gorman Building.
 
The Institute houses over 350 scientists and clinicians, embedded within one of the finest, largest and most productive biomedical faculties in Europe. It provides a focus for excellent basic science and translational studies across the College’s different sites.

Included within the Institute are substantial new facil...
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Paul O’Gorman Leukaemia Research Centre, Glasgow

John Smithies 10 October 2004
Paul O’Gorman Leukaemia Research Centre, Glasgow
Opened in 2008
This new Centre provides clinicians and researchers in Glasgow with access to much-needed new facilities and equipment.

Until the opening of this important new centre, haematology research was scattered around six different sites in Glasgow, making collaboration between NHS work, research and clinical activity very difficult. Often staff had to work with outdated equipment or inadequate facilities.

We contributed £500,000 towards the cost of this major new leukaemia research centre in Scotland.

The facilities now available at the Paul O’Gorman Leukaemia Research Centre will help research teams to translate the results of th...
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