Professor Jenny Southgate
Director of the Jack Birch Unit for Molecular Carcinogenesis
Welcome to the website of the Jack Birch Unit for Molecular Carcinogenesis. The Jack Birch Unit was opened in 1992, funded by the generosity of the late Jack Birch, OBE and York Against Cancer.
Research in the Jack Birch Unit concentrates on epithelial tissues, which give rise to more than 80% of all adult human cancers. Our main focus is on bladder cancer which is studied relatively little despite being the 5th most common adult cancer. Bladder cancers develop from the urothelium, the specialised lining of the bladder wall.
- Homeostatic mechanisms in human urothelium: balancing of tissue regeneration and differentiation with implications for regenerative medicine and cancer
10 October 2018
JBU scientists hobble towards victory against cancer.
12 January 2018
In recognition of their fundraising efforts and to showcase our research, the York Vikings Rotary Club toured the Jack Birch Unit (JBU) and cancer biology laboratories.
5 July 2017
Members of the Jack Birch Unit took on the Lyke Wake Walk on 25 June 2017, a full West to East crossing of the North York Moors National Park.
22 May 2017
Researchers from the JBU are featured in York Press discussing the battle against cancer.