Most doctors, even the research scientists, suppose such things as viruses, some kinds of radiations, cigarette smoking, chemicals, sunlight, trauma, etc. cause cancer. There is no conclusive cause to have cancer.
In order to fight against it, the Scientists from De Mantfort University (DMU) in Leicester and Birla Institute of Technology (BIT) in Mersa, India have come together to tie up with their expertise to develop new Anti-Cancer Drugs.
Bob Chaudhuri, Professor in Cancer Studies at DMU's School of Pharmacy - discovered in 2000 that a natural pigment taken from a sponge found in Fiji potently blocks very early division of cancer cells.
Under a new partnership, BIT and DMU will work together to develop compounds from Professor Chaudhuri's discovery that could be valuable weapons against cancer.
Professor Chaudhuri commented, "DMU has facilities and expertise to carry out the biological part of the drug development process. BIT has the facilities and expertise in medicinal chemistry. The partnership is perfect in complementing each other's strengths and will deliver quality research.
The partnership will be funded through a £60,000 grant from the UK India Education and Research Initiative (UKIERI) and will last for two years from April 2013.
Professor Barij Sinha, Head of BIT's Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences said "Developing a potent anticancer agent is a challenge for the scientific community across the world. Through this award, UKIERI has given both DMU and BIS an opportunity to prove our expertise and I am very confident in this new partnership."
Pharmacy has been taught at De Montfort University's Hawthorn Building for more than 100 years. Research within the School of Pharmacy was recognised as internationally significant in the latest Research Assessment Exercise (RAE).
Professor Chaudhuri concluded that "The UKIERI grant enables us to establish a collegial relationship that I'm sure will develop in the years to come."