Bob Champion Research & Education Building, UEA

The Bob Champion Research & Education Building is a research facility opened in 2015 to bring together researchers from the Norwich Research Park, with clinicians and patients from the Norfolk & Norwich University Hospital. 

The multi-million pound building was part funded by a Big C Grant of £250,000 - the largest single grant award in Big C's 35 year history. 

Professor Colin Cooper, a Big C funded researcher and one of the leading scientists in the BCRE, said: 
“Over the past few years there has been a revolution in the way that our genetic material or DNA can be examined. New technologies and approaches, carried out Internationally, are proving remarkable insights into how individual cancers develop and how they may be targeted by drugs. In Norwich we have worked out ways to use this information for patients benefit, particularly for prostate cancer but also for other major cancers including breast, lung and gastrointestinal cancer. Within 2-3 years we hope to use these new approaches to improve survival by personalising cancer treatment."

Translational research is at the forefront of medical research and the Bob Champion Research & Education Building aims to be key part in this. Big C primarily sponsors smaller, starter projects that develop into larger projects but the potential of the Research Building to find medicines for many different forms of cancer, is a fantastic oppotunity.

Nikki Morris, Big C's Head of Clinical Services says:
 "This resource will keep Norwich at the forefront of international research excellence with the benefit that the skills and expertise it attracts will enrich the wider scientific health community in Norfolk. Big C are very grateful to all our supporters who have so generously given to us over the years for making this possible – improving the lives of those affected by cancer both now and in the future."