Worldwide Cancer Research

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Worldwide Cancer Research
Founded 1979 (1979)
Type Charitable organisation
Registration no. Scotland: No 152991: Charity No SC022918
Focus Cancer research
  • Madras House, St Andrews, Fife, Scotland, KY16 9EH
Coordinates 56°20′20″N 2°47′51″W / 56.3389219°N 2.7973801°W / 56.3389219; -2.7973801
Area served
Key people
Dr Helen Rippon (CEO), The Earl of St. Andrews (Patron)
£17 million (2013)
Slogan whatever it takes, wherever it takes us
Formerly called
Association for International Cancer Research

Worldwide Cancer Research, who until July 2014 were called the Association for International Cancer Research (AICR), is a cancer research charity based in the United Kingdom.[1] It is the leading charity that funds cancer research anywhere in the world.

Founded in 1979, Worldwide Cancer Research has awarded over £199 million in research grants in 34 different countries. It supports early-stage research into the causes, mechanisms, diagnosis, treatment and prevention of cancer by awarding research grants. In the year ending September 2014, Worldwide Cancer Research awarded approximately £9 million in cancer research grants.

Worldwide Cancer Research has a number of celebrity ambassadors including David Tennant, Peter Capaldi, Lorraine Kelly, Proclaimers and Deborah Humble. Worldwide Cancer Research’s work is almost entirely funded by the public. It raises money through donations, legacies, events and corporate partnerships.

Worldwide Cancer Research is a member of the UK's National Cancer Research Institute. They currently have 169 different projects underway.[2]

Dr Helen Rippon is the Chief Executive of the charity, appointed in 2016. She has over 17 years’ experience in the field of cancer research including a PhD in Molecular Biology from the University of York and was a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Imperial College London. She writes regularly for the Huffington Post about topics in cancer research.

The head office is in St Andrews, Scotland and its charitable registration is at the Office of the Scottish Charity Regulator.


  1. ^ Their web page explaining the name change, accessed 14 July 2014
  2. ^ "About AICR - cutting edge international cancer research". Association for International Cancer Research. Retrieved 29 June 2013. 

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