University College London (£74,947 grant) – Understanding the molecular mechanisms leading to invasive lung cancer formation. This project aims to understand how lung cancer develops in the airways.
Kings College London (£34,325 grant) – Respiratory and peripheral muscle function in patients with lung cancer. This project will look at improving understanding of muscle weakness in lung cancer patients and how this debilitating symptom can be more effectively treated.
University of Sheffield (£57,535 grant) – Developing and improving lung cancer risk models. This project will look at how to improve various models that are currently used to predict a person’s risk of developing lung cancer. It is hoped this will lead to more accurate risk predictions, which could lead to earlier detection of the disease and improved survival.
University of Bristol (£74,990 grant) – Epigenetic biomarkers of lung cancer risk. This project will try to identify changes within blood DNA which could be an early sign of lung cancer. If successful it could ultimately lead to a simple blood test to diagnose early stage lung cancer.
University of Liverpool 1 (£200,000 grant) - The Liverpool Lung Project aims to identify people who are at high risk of developing lung cancer. Over the past 23 years, the charity has invested more than £20million in the project, run by Professor John Field, who is using his learnings to evaluate if a lung cancer screening programme, similar to the type used to detect breast cancer, could save lives if introduced in the UK.
University of Liverpool 2 (£74,553 grant) - Validation of a DNA methylation signature in plasma for early diagnosis of lung cancer. This projects aims to identify whether a simple blood test could be used to detect lung cancer in its very early stages, when it can still be cured.