CRUK & EPSRC Cancer Imaging Centre in Oxford

Lead: Professors Ruth Muschel, Mike Brady and Gillies McKenna

The Cancer Imaging Centre in Oxford is one of four national Centres funded by a strategic initiative between CRUK and the EPSRC. Its establishment was headed by the CRUK/MRC Oxford Institute for Radiation Oncology to develop advanced image-based methods for use in cancer therapy, diagnosis and prognosis.

Managed from within the Department of Oncology, the Cancer Imaging Centre is built upon a University-wide and industrial consortium of imaging researchers and brings together multi-disciplinary teams including radiologists, surgeons, radiation oncologists, medical oncologists, biologists, chemists, engineers and mathematicians. Together, through basic science, preclinical and clinical studies, they explore how imaging and image-analysis can be used to help select the most appropriate patients for treatment as well as how image-derived information can be used to guide treatment choices and direct assessment of response to therapy.

Strategy and Management

Imaging by its nature is multidisciplinary and one very important goal for the Cancer Imaging Centre is to facilitate these interactions, leading to novel strategies to address important clinical issues. As such, the Cancer Imaging Centre acts as the nucleus for the cancer imaging research community in Oxford, providing a forum for creating strategy and setting priorities to ensure translation of fundamental research into patient benefit.

Training is a key element of the Cancer Imaging Centre, which funds a large number of Clinical Research Fellows, postdoctoral scientists and DPhil students. The Institute hosted the first annual Cancer Imaging Conference 2010. In addition to work within and between the programmes, OCIC participates in the University of Oxford Biomedical Imaging Network. Monthly seminars are held by OCIC, and annual plenaries are held for all OCIC members, selected guests from other universities and industry as well as interested members of the Oxford Biomedical Research Centre. Collaboration between the four imaging centres is facilitated by the annual Cancer Imaging Conference.

The Cancer Imaging Centre was awarded its second 5-year grant in December 2013, which is overseen by Co-Directors Professors Ruth Muschel and Mike Brady, both of the Department of Oncology. The Board is made up of the Principal Investigators of each programme, the Imaging Centre’s Project Manager, and the Department of Oncology Head of Administration and Finance. Its remit is to monitor administrative, financial and HR issues as well as scientific progress.


Research is divided into six programmes across the University of Oxford partner departments of Oncology, Chemistry, Engineering and Obstetrics & Gynaecology.

The Centre supports members in accessing various resources including the Early Phase Clinical Trials Unit, the Cancer Research UK Oxford Centre and partner Departments.



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