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History of the Jack Birch Unit

The Jack Birch Unit is based within the Biology Department of the University of York and was officially opened in 1992. It is named after our first chairman, local businessman and former Lord Mayor of York, Jack Birch, O.B.E.  Professor Colin Garner, one of our founders, was appointed as Research Director, and he was joined in October 1992 by Dr Phil Burns.

In those days, the work of the unit included research on gastric, colon and gall bladder cancers.  In 1999, Professor Garner moved on, and Jenny Southgate joined the University of York as Professor of Molecular Carcinogenesis and Research Director of the Jack Birch Unit.

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