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Nobel Prize winner returns to open Genome Centre

* 1 October 2003 *

Nobel Prize winner returns to open Genome Centre

Nobel Prize winner and director of Cancer Research UK Sir Paul Nurse will be returning to the University of Sussex to officially open the Genome Damage and Stability Centre on October 6, 2003.

Sir Paul, a research fellow in biological sciences at Sussex during the 1980s, was awarded the Nobel Prize for physiology and medicine in 2001 for his work on cell cycle control in cancer.

He will be joined by the university's vice-chancellor Professor Alasdair Smith, the Genome Centre's director Professor Tony Carr and its chairman Professor Alan Lehmann for a tour of the new £5.75 million building, which was funded by the Joint Infrastructure Fund and the Wolfson Foundation.

The centre already houses ten research groups, who are investigating the links between DNA damage and cancer. It has so far have received five major grants from the Medical Research Council, together with project grants from the European Union, Leukaemia Research Fund, Cancer Research UK, Department of Health and the Wellcome Trust, among others. The total research grant income is approximately £2 million per annum and currently supports approximately 80 researchers and support staff.

Four of the research groups are continuing Sir Paul's original investigations into how simple micro-organisms such as fission yeast can contribute to our understanding of the development of cancer.

Professor Carr, who was one of Sir Paul's DPhil students two decades ago, said: "There is a pleasing symmetry to Sir Paul Nurse returning to the university to open a research centre dedicated to fundamental cancer research and directed by one of his first Sussex DPhil students."

* Notes for editors *

You are invited to send a reporter and a photographer to the tour of the Genome Damage and Stability Centre on October 6, 2003 at 12.00 noon.

Press Office contacts: Jacqui Bealing or Alison Field, University of Sussex,
Tel. 01273 678888, Fax 01273 877456, or

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