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The UCL Institute of Immunity and Transplantation

The UCL Institute of Immunity and Transplantation

Some of the beneficiaries that CCCT have supported

This new building will create a unique opportunity to link UCL’s expertise in immunology research and bio-engineering to specific clinical problems that affect over six million people nationally.

The new research facility will be based at the Royal Free Hospital campus and will combine dedicated, state-of-the-art research, clinical, and teaching spaces. It will provide the best possible infrastructure for research, training, and clinical delivery, and will more than double our research capacity and the number of clinical trials we can run. Furthermore, it will house patient accommodation so that patients can feel comfortable when receiving treatment, ensuring that our translational research is truly “bench to bedside”.

This world-class facility will provide the perfect environment for collaboration. It will house academics from UCL’s Division of Immunity and Infection with their medical research expertise and unparalleled knowledge of basic science, together with clinicians from the Royal Free who specialise in diagnosing and treating patients with a broad range of diseases affecting the immune system. Breakthroughs happen when researchers and clinicians are together and have the freedom to collaborate: the right people, from the right disciplines, with the right knowledge – in the right place, giving them access to the latest equipment and to diverse groups of patients.

This is the environment we are building with the IIT. Practically that will mean spaces for meetings, sharing equipment, receiving training together and building personal interactions to achieve the common goal of advancing research in this area. This collaborative ‘bench to bedside’ approach will be game-changing for patients and something that would not have been possible without the support of The Catherine Cookson Charitable Trust.

Hans Stauss
Director Institute of Immunity and Transplantation, Co-director Division of Infection and Immunity
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Marie Curie

Generous donation from the Catherine Cookson Charitable Trust has been given towards purchase of specialised equipment for our Newcastle Hospice. This support will bring vital support to people with a terminal illness and their families.


Cancer Research UK

The funding provided by the Catherine Cookson Charitable Trust helps to deliver world-leading research in Newcastle and beyond. Our trust helps to transform lives of people facing cancer.

The Catherine Cookson Trust

If you're in education and training, environment and conservation, arts and culture, as well as general charitable purposes, your organisation could be eligible for a grant from the Catherine Cookson Charitable Trust. Grants are generally awarded between £100 and £100,000 but occasionally larger sums are donated where there are exceptional circumstances. In particular, we aim to meet the needs of North East England, where Dame Catherine grew up and lived much of her adult life.

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