STFC Cancer Diagnosis Network+

Welcome to the STFC Cancer Diagnosis Network+

The Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC) Cancer Diagnosis Network+ (CDN) is a multidisciplinary community with academic, clinical and industry members aiming to collaboratively address clinical challenges in the diagnosis of cancer. The Network+ is built upon four themes:

  1. Early diagnosis

  2. Precision and quantitative imaging

  3. Multimodal techniques

  4. Data science techniques applied to imaging and bioinformatics

The CDN ultimately seeks to enable researchers with expertise and knowledge developed through the STFC core science programmes and at STFC national facilities and laboratories to address one of the most important societal and economic global challenges of this century. The CDN therefore hosts multidisciplinary challenge led workshops and provides funding for scoping studies, proof of concept projects and PhD studentships to translate STFC innovations into clinical impact. There are also opportunities for Early Career Researchers to apply for travel awards to attend conferences and events, placements and MSc level training in medical physics and bioinformatics.


STFC 'Networks Case Studies' booklet

We are proud to feature in the STFC 'Network Case Studies', available now! Read all about our wonderful PhD project taking place at Surrey University, by student Oakley Clark and Supervisor Silvia Pani. And the innovative PET Scanner research we funded at the University of Surrey by Prof Jeff Hartnell. The booklet can be accessed here:

Funding call announcement - Call now open!!

Do you have an innovative project that could transform cancer diagnosis? Apply now! Our next call is now open, deadline 28th January 2022.

Funding available: Up to £10k per 'Early Career Scoping Study' project and £40k per 'Proof of Concept' project.

We actively encourage multi-disciplinary collaboration between industries, clinicians, academics and patients. Get in touch if you would like further information. Please get in touch before 10th Dec 2021 if you would like to access our applications mentor offer who are available to give advice and support to all potential applicants.

Click here for more info.

Archived announcements

'Showcase Event' (Virtual) - 6th July 2021

An exciting showcase event, to launch our next funding call, demonstrate progress taking place in our successfully awarded projects to date and provide more information to potential applicants and new members about who we are and what we do! Updates to follow on Twitter.

'Early Diagnosis' - Virtual Workshop 2:

Tuesday 17th November 2020

A half day virtual session, that included high profile speakers, question and answers sessions, a facilitated breakout, an opportunity to engage with key industrial exhibitors and funding announcement.

The event is free, but requires registration in advance. Register here, deadline 6th Nov. Follow us on Twitter for updates.

Happy 1st Birthday to us!

This month at CDN+ we are celebrating our first birthday. What a successful year it has been. Click here to read all about some of our achievements to date. A big thank you to all our members and collaborators who have engaged and supported us over the last twelve months.

Proof of Concept -

Congratulations to Dr Dimitra Darambara, The Institute of Cancer Research, and Prof Bogdan Matuszewski, University of Central Lancashire, who have been awarded Proof of Concept funding. Read all about it here. Further calls to be announced next year.

Two PhD studentships now funded -

Exciting times as Dr Sarah Bugby, Loughborough University and Dr Silvia Pani, Surrey University, have both been awarded STFC CDN+ PhD Studentship funding. Read all about their innovative projects here.

Dr Silvia Pani is currently recruiting to her PhD studentship, closing date 17th May 2020. Click here to apply or for more information.

Scoping Study -

Congratulations to Prof Jeff Hartnell, Sussex University, who has been awarded our first Scoping Study fund. Read all about it here

Workshop Event - next event to be be announced soon!