Life saving cancer research centre opens in Bearsden

New Cancer Research Centre Launched in Glasgow.  Researcher Dhaval Varshney, Cancer patient Gary Nellies and Professor Karen Vousden 20.1.11 Picture by Jamie Forbes
New Cancer Research Centre Launched in Glasgow. Researcher Dhaval Varshney, Cancer patient Gary Nellies and Professor Karen Vousden 20.1.11 Picture by Jamie Forbes

THE future of cancer care and treatment may lie in the hands of scientists in Bearsden after the launch of a new cancer research centre last week.

Cancer Research UK opened the new centre in the Beatson Institute, Garscube Estate, Switchback Road, last Thursday and it could see Glasgow become a world leader in the development of new treatments tailored for individual cancer patients.

The University of Glasgow’s Professor Karen Vousden, director of the Beatson Institute for Cancer Research, said: “This is a very exciting development for cancer research in Scotland.

“The new centre will help us bring together a variety of researchers and clinicians to collaborate and work together to improve the lives of cancer patients across Scotland.

“By building closer links between scientists and doctors we want to increase the pace of research leading to improved treatments for people with cancer.”

Gary Nellies (47) from Falkirk, was first diagnosed with bowel cancer in 2004 and has taken part in five clinical trials since then.

He said: “The trials give me the chance to try some potentially really exciting new treatments while also helping to increase our understanding of this disease.

“Four years ago I was told I may only have two years to live, so right now everything is a bonus and I’m so grateful for all the care and attention I’m getting.

“Cancer research in a centre like this is so important.”

The centre is Scotland’s final link in a unique chain of Cancer Research UK centres that are being launched across the UK, and will help set the pace for national and international progress in cancer research.

It will help provide people in the West of Scotland with cutting-edge cancer treatment in state-of-the-art facilities, as well as help train the next generation of leaders in cancer research and cancer care.

Harpal Kumar, chief executive of Cancer Research UK, said: “Huge progress has been made in beating cancer since the charity was formed.

“We’re determined to do what we can to save even more lives.”