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About Us

Welcome to the CRUK/MRC Oxford Institute for Radiation Oncology

Director: Professor Gillies McKenna
Deputy Directors: Professors Tim MaughanRuth Muschel and Peter O’Neill

The mission of the CRUK/MRC Oxford Institute for Radiation Oncology (formerly the Gray Institute for Radiation Oncology and Biology) is to explore aspects of radiation biology research that could yield new advances in the treatment of cancer.

These include understanding how cells respond to and repair radiation-induced DNA damage, defining the microenvironmental factors that affect these responses and identifying targets to alter tumour or normal tissue responses to radiation. We aim to integrate basic research with imaging science to advance radiation therapy and enable earlier detection of secondary cancers. We also aim to expand radiotherapy clinical trials activity.

As one of the world-leading centres dedicated to radiation oncology and biology, the Institute now houses over 200 staff and postgraduate students - both clinical and non-clinical - and brings together research and clinical groups from a range of disciplines, including biology, chemistry, physics, medicine and computational biology.

The Institute sits within the Department of Oncology in the University of Oxford’s Medical Sciences Division and is funded by an annual £10 M core grant from CRUK and MRC. This funding supports research groups based in the Old Road Campus Research Building, the Radiobiology Research Institute and the NHS Cancer and Haematology Centre. 

 

About Us
We aim to enhance clinical and basic cancer research in Oxford with the ultimate goal of increasing cancer cure rates.
Research
In Oxford, we have a great wealth of broad-ranging expertise and a powerful network of cancer researchers.
Study With Us
Our graduate and postdoctoral training programmes for both scientists and clinicians are internationally recognised.