Research Fellowships


Dr Maria Victoria Niklison-Chirou

Through our Paul O’Gorman Post-doctoral Research Fellowships scheme, we aim to support outstanding scientists seeking to develop a career in childhood cancer research.

Nurturing careers in childhood cancer research

The aim of our Fellowship scheme is to identify ‘research leaders of the future’ and provide them with the support they need to achieve their full potential, making sure their talents are retained within the childhood cancer field.

Each Fellowship provides support for five years, for a defined programme of work, covering the Fellow’s salary plus basic research costs. It gives them the basis to begin to build a research group and attract further funding for a wider programme of work.

We are now funding five Research Fellowships, each in a different area of childhood cancer research.

Dr Patrick Hales, UCL Institute of Child Health, London

Development of new MRI techniques to improve diagnosis and assessment of treatment response in childhood cancer
Patrick was awarded a Paul O’Gorman Post-doctoral Research Fellowship in 2015 to support a programme of research that aims to develop MRI techniques for the earlier identification of high-risk tumour sub-types.

Read more: New MRI techniques to improve diagnosis and monitoring of childhood cancer

Dr David Clynes, Weatherall Institute of Molecular Medicine, University of Oxford

Exploring new targets for the development of therapies for childhood cancers
David was awarded a Paul O’Gorman Post-doctoral Research Fellowship in 2015 to support a programme of research that aims to uncover new ways of treating certain childhood cancers known as ALT positive cancers. These include some devastating forms of childhood brain tumours.

Read more: Exploring new targets for the treatment of ALT positive childhood cancers

Dr Zoë Walters, The Institute of Cancer Research, London

Watch Zoe's videoIdentifying new treatments for children with rhabdomyosarcoma
Zoë was awarded a Paul O’Gorman Post-doctoral Research Fellowship in 2014 to take forward her research in rhabdomyosarcoma, a cancer affecting around 70 children a year in the UK. Zoë aims to test the effectiveness of a new, targeted treatment that may ultimately prolong lives and reduce the side effects of treatment. Watch the video.

Read more: Identifying new treatments for children with rhabdomyosarcoma

Dr Yann Jamin, The Institute of Cancer Research, London

Accelerating the delivery of personalised treatment to children with neuroblastoma using MRI
Yann is looking at ways of transferring MRI techniques now routinely used in adult cancers to use in children. He will explore new ways of monitoring response to treatment and identifying treatment resistance in children with neuroblastoma.

Read more: Accelerating the delivery of personalised treatment to children with neuroblastoma using MRI

Dr Maria Niklison-Chirou, Queen Mary University of London

Understanding the metabolic changes driving medulloblastoma tumour formation in children
Maria’s research is focusing on a specific gene, p73, implicated in the development and proliferation of the brain tumour medulloblastoma. She will be exploring its function in greater detail and looking at ways to target it as a new approach to treatment.

Read more: Understanding the metabolic changes driving medulloblastoma tumour formation in children

How to apply for a research fellowship

Calls for applications under our Fellowship scheme are issued annually, usually in February.

Our Fellowships are for five years and include salary costs, plus additional support of up to £20,000 per annum for basic laboratory costs and attendance at relevant conferences and meetings.

The 2016 call is now closed and awards will be announced in December. We expect to issue the next call in February 2017.

Read more: Funding opportunities

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