press release
Published: 27 November 2020

University of Surrey supports local fundraising campaign to purchase state-of-the-art technology to further cancer research

By Natasha Meredith

The University of Surrey is delighted to be supporting the fundraising activities of the local charity, The Prostate Project, who are seeking to raise £150,000 to purchase an Incucyte Live-Cell analysis system. The new state-of-the-art system will be used to support the University of Surrey's Targeted Cancer Therapy Group’s research into advanced prostate cancer. 

Collection of frames on wall

The Incucyte Live-Cell analysis system will gather and analyse images of tumour cells around the clock, enabling researchers to examine in real-time the effects of novel anti-cancer agents and oncolytic (‘cancer-killing’) viruses that are used to treat cancer. Knowledge gained from this analysis will fast track the team’s research, improving outcomes for men with advanced prostate cancer.

To help fundraise for this vital piece of equipment, The Prostate Project is holding an online art auction, with 40 Surrey-based artists having generously donated over 90 pieces of original work. To bid on a piece of original artwork, which ranges from experimental abstract to fine art, please visit There is something for everyone, with bids starting at only £15.The auction is now live and will run until 5 December.

This latest fundraising campaign builds on the longstanding relationship between the University of Surrey and The Prostate Project, who have joined forces to help improve survival rates of those with prostate cancer. In 2019, The Prostate Project generously donated a £270,000 piece of technology, the Vectra Polaris, to the University which provides in-depth analysis of interactions between immune and cancerous cells.

Dr Nicola Annels, Senior Research Fellow at the University of Surrey, said: “I would like to extend my thanks to The Prostate Project for their continued support in furthering cancer research at the University. Their fundraising campaigns are invaluable in helping us learn more about prostate cancer and how the disease interacts with the immune system and novel cancer anti- agents. If you are looking for a Christmas present for a loved one, please take a look at their website and bid on some of the fantastic pieces of artwork.”

Alf Turner, Chair of The Prostate Project, said: “There is currently no cure for advanced prostate cancer, and the shocking statistic is only 30 percent of men survive five years. We are therefore fully committed to funding the ground-breaking prostate cancer research that The Targeted Cancer Therapy Group carry out at the University of Surrey. Due to the pandemic, this art auction is one of the few fundraising events we've been able to hold this year, so please help us make it a success.”

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