Welcome to the Department of Oncology
Head of Department: Professor Gillies McKenna
The Department of Oncology aims to enhance clinical and basic cancer research in Oxford by maximising opportunities for multidisciplinary collaboration and scientific interaction with the ultimate goal of increasing cancer cure rates.
The creation of the Department of Oncology in 2010 marked an exciting step towards truly multidisciplinary and collaborative oncology research in Oxford. It positions researchers in the field to take this discipline to new heights. It was born out of a collective desire amongst senior leaders in Oxford and major funders to create a structure for cancer research in Oxford that would maximise opportunities for future improvements in the treatment and detection of cancer.
The Department now houses over 400 staff and postgraduate students - both clinical and non-clinical - and is one of the largest departments in the University of Oxford’s Medical Sciences Division. It is home to the Cancer Research UK and Medical Research Council Oxford Institute for Radiation Oncology.
It brings together research and clinical groups from across Oxford who are based in the Old Road Campus Research Building, the Radiobiology Research Institute, the Weatherall Institute for Molecular Medicine and the NHS Cancer and Haematology Centre.