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Scientists unite to fight cancer


Scientists from Northern Ireland and India are to work together in a bid to develop new ways to tackle cancer.

An international research partnership has been established between Queen’s University Belfast and the Indian government’s Ministry of Biotechnology which will pave the way for the researchers to combine their expertise.

The move will see top cancer specialists from the Centre for Cancer Research and Cell Biology at Queen’s work alongside experts from the National Institute of Immunology in New Delhi.

The agreement was signed as employment and learning minister Sir Reg Empey began a three-day visit to India to promote international collaboration and research.

The decision was welcomed by world-renowned oncologist Professor Patrick Johnston from Queen’s.

He said: “Cancer does not recognise national boundaries and affects people across the globe. It is only through international research partnerships and the sharing of information that we can learn more about the disease.

“Through this collaboration we will be able to develop new treatments and improve the diagnosis of cancer to the betterment of everyone.

“India has great expertise in the diagnosis and treatment of cancer. With the beginning of this new partnership I am confident that we will take significant strides in combating one of the worlds’ most prevalent diseases.”

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