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North West Cancer Research & Kidscan PhD Studentship

Could you impact on childhood cancer research? Apply for our next round of PhD studentship funding, jointly funded with North West Cancer Research and help us find new and improved treatments for children with cancer.

About the PhD Studentship

Applications are now open for a jointly funded 3 year PhD studentship in the area of childhood cancer. Together with North West Cancer Research we are looking to fund projects in the area of medulloblastoma. The call is open to other cancer types as well but these applications should demonstrate how the project could also be relevant to medulloblastoma. This funding round provides up to £75,000 for the studentship.

If you have any questions or would like to discuss how your application fits this call, please contact research@nwcr.org. Applications must be submitted by 5pm on 4th July 2022

How to Apply

Applications must be submitted in line with guidance below and include appendix A if required. All applications will undergo rigorous external peer and scientific review. Panel members will be available to view once confirmed. Applications must be submitted by 5pm on 4th July 2022

Matty's Story

In December 2016 at the age of 12 Matty developed headaches with occasional sickness. After a visit to the GP and a CT scan he was diagnosed with Medulloblastoma, a rare brain tumour. Matty underwent surgery and over 14 months of treatment which included chemotherapy, but sadly Matty relapse 6 months later. Matty’s mum told us;

“Matty’s diagnosis had a huge impact on us as a family, it feels like we always have a constant weight on our shoulders waiting for the next time it will come back and asking whether the treatment will work again.

After his first relapse, treatment initially appeared to work, but once again in 2020 Matty relapsed

“We do talk about the future, and he says he just takes each day as it comes. For now, though it’ll just be waiting to see what his scan results show and that will determine what path we take. Whether we get three months to make more memories or resume treatment or… well that doesn’t bare thinking about”

Sadly further scans showed Matty had developed more tumours and in February 2022 he gained his angel wings.

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