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Mr Stuart Winter, Honorary Senior Clinical Lecturer and Honorary Clinical Research Associate at NDS, along with Professor Hisham Mehanna from the University of Birmingham, have been awarded a Developmental Pathway Funding Scheme (DPFS) grant from the MRC for their project 'Validating the PredicTR treatment response classifier for oropharyngeal cancer (PredicTR 2)'.

This is a £650K award that will allow the team to build on previous work which identified a potential biomarker for decision making in treating oropharyngeal tumors (tonsil and tongue base) and will fund additional work to develop that predictive model.

The DPFS is a key part of MRC’s Translational Research Strategy and supports the translation of fundamental discoveries toward benefits to human health. It funds the pre-clinical development and early clinical testing of novel therapeutics, devices and diagnostics, including 'repurposing' of existing therapies.

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