Multi-disciplinary research within the Early Cancer Institute encompasses:

  1. Understanding the earliest steps of cancer development at the cell and molecular level;
  2. Developing new methods of detecting cancer even prior to the appearance of symptoms;
  3. Understanding the implications of early detection for health, medicine and society;
  4. Undertaking clinical studies to evaluate new diagnostics, therapies and interventions.


The International Alliance for Cancer Early Detection (ACED) is a £55 million partnership between Cancer Research UK, the Canary Center at Stanford University, the University of Cambridge, the Knight Cancer Institute at OHSU, University College London and the University of Manchester.

Research Projects

The Early Cancer Institute is funding a number of projects ranging from basic and translational science to the societal impact of early cancer detection.

Research Groups

The Early Cancer Institute funds dedicated early detection research labs investigating diverse aspects of early detection.


Click here to see some of the most recent publications relevant to early cancer detection. The authors highlighted in bold are members of the University of Cambridge.