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Clerk Maxwell Cancer Research Fund

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The Clerk Maxwell Cancer Research Fund fulfils an important role by providing early financial support for new research and development into medical applications using the electromagnetic spectrum. The Fund's focus is in radiotherapy and diagnostic imaging. The research and development supported would in many cases not progress without our support.

The Fund concentrates on supporting institutions where the specific research is likely to have positive and tangible outcomes for cancer patients.

Major cancer charities tend to concentrate their efforts on the use of drugs and palliative care, but there is significant underfunding in the diagnostic fields of cancer research. The CMCRF targets this area of research, supporting ‘initial ideas’, PHD research or combining with other funders to assist larger project to progress.

The Clerk Maxwell Cancer Research Fund is named in honour of James Clerk Maxwell, Scotland's greatest scientist, who discovered the nature of the electromagnetic spectrum. Initiated in 2000 the Fund supports research into the application of electro-magnetic technology in the early detection and management of cancer.

The importance of the Fund is in the initial stages of research. Once results have indicated potential benefits, larger funders are often willing to support the continuation of the work. Without the initial support from CMCRF, projects may never see the light of day.

The Fund can provide ongoing support and are currently part-funders of projects at St. Andrews University/Ninewells Hospital and Edinburgh University/Western General Hospital.

Charity No: SC028098

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