University of dundee jacqui wood cancer centre

University of dundee jacqui wood cancer centre

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The Jacqui Wood Cancer Centre at the University of Dundee – named in honour of the inspirational leader of the Ninewells Cancer Campaign – was officially opened by Professor Sir David Lane on Friday May 3rd.

Jacqui Wood, who died in 2011, led the Ninewells Cancer Campaign for 20 years, during which time the campaign raised more than £18million to support cancer research and treatment in Dundee.

The Jacqui Wood Centre brings to fruition a long-held vision of Jacqui’s to locate the Medical School’s clinical and laboratory research work on cancer in a single location.

The completion and the equipping of the building has been helped enormously by funds from the special appeal run by Ninewells Cancer Campaign over the last two years in memory of Jacqui.

University of dundee jacqui wood cancer centre

Lady Fiona Fraser, Chair of the Ninewells Cancer Campaign, said, “The support for the Special Appeal in memory of Jacqui Wood from local charitable trusts, companies, individuals, groups and clubs has been amazing and is testament to the high regard in which Jacqui was held. She worked tirelessly to raise funds for cancer work at Ninewells and I think she would have been very proud of the completion of the Jacqui Wood Cancer Centre.”

Jacqui’s husband Aubrey said the honour of having a building named after her was something which would never have entered her mind.

“Jacqui would never have expected a building to be named after her, she was only interested in furthering the quest for a cure for cancer and with the hope that the work at Dundee would go a long way towards this aim,” said Aubrey.

Sir David Lane, who himself did much to establish Dundee’s reputation as a international renowned centre for cancer research, is returning to the city to open the Centre.