The Crick stands up to cancer


We're proud to be standing up to cancer with Channel 4 and Cancer Research UK, as the host of this year’s live show. It’s an opportunity to reflect on the amazing progress in cancer research that has been made possible by generous public donations.

SU2C: The Takeover will be broadcast live from the Crick labs, with some familiar faces including presenters Davina McCall, Adam Hills, Joe Lycett and Munya Chawawa. They’ll be talking to people affected by cancer and the researchers focused on improving outcomes, including some of our own Crick scientists.

Meet some of the scientists involved and see what's coming up...

Missed the live broadcast on 3rd November? Watch Stand Up To Cancer Night here

Charlie Swanton: understanding cancer evolution

Charlie Swanton: understanding cancer evolution

Head of the Crick’s Cancer Evolution and Genome Instability Laboratory Charlie Swanton leads the multi-million-pound Cancer Research UK-funded TRACERx project. Charlie’s team are studying the link between air-pollution and lung cancer.

Charlie Swanton.

Charlotte Spencer: using AI to predict kidney cancer outcomes 

Charlotte Spencer: using AI to predict kidney cancer outcomes

Clinical Research Fellow and pathologist Charlotte Spencer is using AI to better understand how the evolution kidney cancer relates to its tumour histology (how it appears under a microscope) in the hope of finding a way to predict patient outcomes and better personalise treatments. Charlotte works in the Cancer Dynamics Laboratory

Charlotte Spencer

Daniel Leonce: integrating automation into cancer research

Daniel Leonce: integrating automation into cancer research

Daniel Leonce is the Crick’s automation specialist, working in the Advanced Sequencing Facility. He leads on introducing and integrating different biotechnology and automation platforms to upscale and widen scope of ongoing projects, including many in cancer research.

Daniel Leonce


Later in the night, The SU2C Comedy Roast will bring together some of the biggest and brightest names in British comedy, hosted by Rhod Gilbert. Our staff restaurant has been transformed into the set for this wild night of television, all in support of Stand up to Cancer.

Over the past decade, Stand Up To Cancer has raised over £93 million for lifesaving cancer research. In the past decade, the money raised has gone toward funding 64 clinical trials and research projects involving more than 13,000 people with cancer.

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