Press release

Dundee scientist appointed Cancer Research UK trustee

Published on 5 October 2022

University of Dundee researcher Professor Doreen Cantrell has been appointed as a trustee of one of the world’s biggest cancer charities.

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University of Dundee researcher Professor Doreen Cantrell has been appointed as a trustee of one of the world’s biggest cancer charities.

Professor Cantrell, Wellcome Trust Principal Research Fellow at Dundee’s School of Life Sciences, is one of two new trustees of Cancer Research UK.

She has enjoyed a long association with Cancer Research UK, previously leading an immunology research group at the charity’s Research Institute. Throughout her illustrious career, Professor Cantrell has published over 150 research papers, with a particular interest in the molecules that control white blood cell function. In 2014, she received a CBE for services to Life Sciences. She has also chaired the Biological Sciences sub-panel for the UK Research Excellence Framework.

Professor Cantrell said, “I’m delighted to be joining Cancer Research UK’s Council of Trustees. Having worked with the charity in different capacities over the years, I’ve seen first-hand the significance and impact of its work.

“It is a privilege to be joining such a knowledgeable group of people and I look forward to working with them and playing my part in helping to achieve the charity’s long-term vision to bring about a world where everybody can lead longer, better lives, free from the fear of cancer.”

Professor Gerard Evan, of King’s College, London, was also announced a trustee of the charity today.

Sir Leszek Borysiewicz, Chair of Cancer Research UK, said, “It is great to welcome Doreen and Gerard to our Council of Trustees and I look forward to working with them. Both have achieved so much over the course of their illustrious careers and their extensive expertise will be crucial in helping shape the charity’s strategic direction over the coming years.”

Notes to editors

About Cancer Research UK:

  • Cancer Research UK is the world’s leading cancer charity dedicated to saving lives through research, influence and information. 
  • Cancer Research UK’s pioneering work into the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of cancer has helped save millions of lives.  
  • Cancer Research UK has been at the heart of the progress that has already seen survival in the UK double in the last 40 years.  
  • Today, 2 in 4 people survive their cancer for at least 10 years. Cancer Research UK wants to accelerate progress and see 3 in 4 people surviving their cancer by 2034. 
  • Cancer Research UK supports research into the prevention and treatment of cancer through the work of over 4,000 scientists, doctors and nurses. 
  • Together with its partners and supporters, Cancer Research UK is working towards a world where people can live longer, better lives, free from the fear of cancer. 
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