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Ten new PhD studentships for Chemistry at Imperial


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By Tony Stephenson
Wednesday 21 December

Imperial College London is set to receive funding for 10 new chemistry PhDs as part of Cancer Research UK's Medicinal Chemistry Training programme.

The GBP10 million scheme is intended to give a shot in the arm to university chemistry departments, and to cultivate the top anti-cancer drug designers of tomorrow.

Chemistry students

Professor Tony Barrett Opens in new window from Imperial College London, who led the Imperial bid for the places, said: "This funding is very welcome since it dramatically enhances the close interactions between chemistry and cancer medicine and pharmaceutical innovation."

The new PhD students will be trained in medicinal chemistry with a focus on the design and discovery of novel compounds for the detection and treatment of cancers. In addition to course work on cancer medicine and biology, each student will undertake original research co-mentored by a synthetic chemist at Imperial and a cancer biologist or clinician at Imperial or the University of Sheffield. Training will be further enhanced by placements at AstraZeneca in the UK and in the Department of Chemistry at Emory University, Atlanta, USA.

The scheme will allow five universities, including Imperial College London; University of Cambridge; the Northern Institute for Cancer Research, University of Newcastle upon Tyne; University of Edinburgh and University of St Andrews, and University of Oxford, to fund 60 new chemistry PhD students.

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