Posted on 25 November 2003
His Royal Highness was guided on a tour of the laboratory, which forms part of the £25 million new Biosciences Building on the University's Heslington campus, by Professor Norman Maitland. Professor Maitland's team has won international acclaim for research work into the biology and genetics of human prostate cancer, human papillomavirus infections and cervical cancer in the past.
Following the Duke's tour of the laboratory, representatives of the charity's fifty volunteer committees from across Yorkshire, who contributed to the £700,000 cost of the new laboratory, attended the unveiling of a plaque to mark the occasion.
The desire of the Duke to visit the laboratory and to recognise the importance of the work currently underway into prostate and other cancers strengthens York's standing on the world stage as a leading centre for cancer research.
" It is a great honour to welcome His Royal Highness to open the new laboratory at York," said Elaine King, Chief Executive, Yorkshire Cancer Research. "The Yorkshire links are indisputable and the Duke expressed a keen interest in the world-class science conducted by the two teams we fund at the university."
Yorkshire Cancer Research is the largest regional medical research charity in the UK. The world-class research it funds into the cause and cure of cancer at universities and associated hospitals throughout Yorkshire is helping to fight a range of cancers, including prostate, breast, lung, skin, oesophageal and cervical.
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