Cancer Research UK Edinburgh Centre

Molecular Pathology Node

Developing molecular diagnostic tools.

The CRUK Edinburgh Centre is closely aligned with the MRC/EPSRC Node for Molecular Pathology, a joint strategic initiative between the Universities of Edinburgh and St Andrews. More information can be found on the Edinburgh-St Andrews Molecular Pathology Node website.

The award brings researchers, clinicians and industry together to develop molecular diagnostic tools to enable stratification in a range of disease areas, including cancer.

The Node integrates state-of-the-art genomic and epigenomic methods for diagnosis and will develop 'liquid biopsies' for managing cancer through analysis of circulating tumour cfDNA, via integrated analysis of somatic mutation and DNA methylation. This stream of activity is supported by the Host and Tumour Profilling Unit and two CRUK-funded researchers, to develop efficient cfDNA capture and analyses in order to address focussed clinical questions.

The MRC Molecular Pathology Node training programme

Members of the CRUK Edinburgh Centre lead the MRC Molecular Pathology Node training programme, which delivers a one year Masters by Research in Molecular Pathology. More information can be found on the Edinburgh-St Andrews Molecular Pathology Node training programme webpages.

Contact

Professor Tim Aitman (Director, Molecular Pathology Node): tim.aitman@ed.ac.uk

Professor Simon Herrington (Training Director, Molecular Pathology Node): simon.herrington@ed.ac.uk