About the Early Cancer Institute, University of Cambridge

When cancer is found earlier it can be easier to treat successfully. Statistics from Cancer Research UK show that the ten-year survival for eight different types of cancer combined is more than three times higher if the disease is diagnosed at stage one or two, compared with survival rates when diagnosed at stage three or four.

The Early Cancer Institute is part of the CRUK Cambridge Centre, University of Cambridge, a designated CRUK major Cancer Centre. It is a vibrant collaboration of world-class transformative researchers who are passionate about detecting cancer earlier, when it can still be cured. Our multidisciplinary approach is pioneering a new paradigm in cancer detection, taking early detection innovations from bench to bedside, striving to move the world beyond the fear of cancer.

The Early Cancer Institute is led by Professor Rebecca Fitzgerald.


The Early Cancer Institute includes a number of dedicated early detection research labs based in the Hutchison Research Centre. The Institute funds multidisciplinary pump priming projects with the aim of supporting new research ideas in the Early Detection field which will produce data leading to further project grant applications.


The Early Cancer Institute is truly multidisciplinary and involves researchers from across the academic spectrum.


The Early Cancer Institute events offer opportunities for networking, communication and collaboration between researchers across a wide range of disciplines. These events include clinical / scientific idea sharing; an annual Symposium offering researchers engaged with the Institute the chance to showcase their latest research and engage in key debates related to early detection, and regular early detection related seminars and webinars presented by researchers from the UK and overseas.

Public Engagement

Public Engagement

Our remit is also to engage the public in the early detection debate and the first ever cancer-related Cambridge Festival of Ideas event was organised by our programme in 2016. In addition, Early Detection researchers feature regularly in the Cambridge Festival and other public events around the city and further afield.

Shared Cancer Prevention Blog

This blog is set up by King's College London and is supported by the Early Cancer Institute at the University of Cambridge. The blogs are written by a group of epidemiologists and population researchers studying the causes of or early events in the development of cancer. The aim is to be able to intervene and prevent cancer or diagnose it whilst still easy to treat.