Oxford scientists researching breast cancer vaccines have been awarded a £2.5m grant by Cancer Research UK.

Dr. Alison Banham, who heads the Oxford team, seeks to create new vaccines that work by mimicking the body’s immune response to cancer. Vaccines can be especially useful in the treatment of breast cancer and lymphoma.

“They are proving to be some of the most effective new treatments for cancer patients,” said Dr. Banham.

News of the grant is likely to boost Oxford’s international reputation as a centre of excellence for cancer research. Professor Gillies McKenna, Director of Radiation Oncology commented, “There’s no other centre of this size and scope.”