Developing standard of care precision medicine for all cancer patients.
Knowledge, expertise and technologies emerging from all Programmes within the CRUK CC are being integrated to establish a personalised cancer medicine strategy that diagnoses cancer early and individually stratifies, treats and monitors all patients.
Patients treated in our Centre on prospective clinical trials with the support of our Experimental Cancer Medicine Centres (ECMC) will be subject to advanced imaging approaches including hyperpolarized MRI, PET and endoscopy to track and monitor cancers including metabolic pharmacodynamic response to trial therapies. Tissues procured in parallel will be submitted to the Cancer Molecular Diagnostics Lab (CMDL) for assessment of tumour ‘omics and ‘liquid’ biopsies including ctDNA and circulating tumour cells (CTC). Integration of these and imaging data through the supporting “Big Data” will enable personalised assessment of each cancer to build appropriate stratification, treatment and prediction of disease response and resistance.
The development of precision cancer medicine strategies within the CRUK CC Programmes will be supported by the Integrated Cancer Medicine Shared Infrastructure-Resource with the overarching aim of developing standard of care precision medicine for all cancer patients.
MFICM hosted at the University of Cambridge aims to revolutionise cancer care by using cutting edge analytics to maximise the use of diverse, high-volume data sets. The virtual institute exploits recent advances in machine learning and big data technology to capture, integrate, and derive insight into clinical, genomic and imaging data collated from hundreds of cancer patients in real time. Laboratory and clinic-based researchers and data experts are working together to develop sophisticated computational integration of these diverse data types into a single platform which can inform and predict the best treatment decisions for each individual patient.
MFICM is jointly funded by The Mark Foundation for Cancer Research and Cancer Research UK Cambridge Centre. The Mark Foundation for Cancer Research is dedicated to accelerating cures for cancer by integrating discoveries in biology with innovative technology. The Foundation pursues its mission by funding a global portfolio of ground-breaking research carried out by individual investigators, multi-investigator teams, and inter-institutional collaborations.
To learn more, visit MFCR website: https://themarkfoundation.org
The MFICM includes the critical individuals and technologies needed to deliver a revolutionary new cancer treatment paradigm. During the course of the initial three-year funding, this paradigm will be applied to manage patients with breast cancer as part of the PARTNER and PARTNERING clinical trials and will be extended to other trials in renal, ovarian, and kidney cancer. Longitudinal Data Streams will be integrated that simultaneously report the functional biology of tumours among cancer patients receiving active treatment.
- Data Stream 1: Tumour DNA and RNA Sequencing
- Data Stream 2: Liquid Biopsies
- Data Stream 3: Tumour Imaging
- Data Stream 4: IMAX-T (collaboration with the CRUK Grand Challenge)
The continual, iterative and integrated analysis of these complementary, complex data streams – made possible by advanced machine learning and other computational approaches – will enable a new decision matrix for optimal cancer treatment selection and improved chance of cure.
- Data Stream Integration
We support specific projects aligned with our overall goal to develop a proactive approach to cancer that diagnoses cancer early and individually stratifies, treats and monitors patients.
We currently are supporting
• 4 prospective clinical trials in Breast, B-Cell lymphoma, Pancreas and Renal Cancer
• Whole genome sequencing efforts for the personalized breast cancer programme
• Development and clinical translation of novel, first in man imaging probe – C2Am (apoptosis/necrosis marker) and 13C-fumarate (measures rapid onset of low level diffuse necrosis)
• Seven data integration projects ranging from genomics, advanced imaging and digital pathology in breast, ovarian and renal cancer.
The Mark Foundation for Integrated Cancer Medicine has set up collaborations with fourteen departments within the University of Cambridge, ranging from Radiology to the Computer Laboratory, Biochemistry and many more. In addition we have strong collaborations with institues throughout Cambridge like Sanger, MRC, Babraham,...
Furthermore, we are collaborating with non-academic partners, like AstraZeneca (co-sponsored clinical trials), Microsoft Research (Image texture analysis) and AACR GENIE (genomics).
We are a dynamic collaboration of researchers, clinicians and scientists based in Cambridge and are always looking for novel ideas and additional collaborations.