Beating bladder cancer
In 1992, five years after launch, we opened the Jack Birch Unit (JBU) at the University of York. Currently led by Professor Jenny Southgate, the JBU has made landmark discoveries in understanding the causes, prevention and treatment of bladder cancer. The research findings of the JBU have been published widely in scientific and medical journals.
For example, the team has been investigating how human urothelial cells (the cells that line the bladder) respond to different types of damage, and how this may influence the development of cancer.
In 2019, York Against Cancer pledged £1.3 million towards a five-year research plan for the Jack Birch Unit. In the same year, the JBU made a breakthrough discovery in understanding the link between bladder cancer and smoking.
The core funding York Against Cancer provides to the JBU ensures high quality cancer research happens locally. It also guarantees that a critical mass of expertise is active in our region to promote NHS collaborations and the training of the next generation of York scientists.