AMMF Grants for Research

One of AMMF’s major objectives is to support specialised research teams in their work to find the causes, methods of earlier diagnosis, and effective treatments for cholangiocarcinoma (CC).

Since its inception in 2002, AMMF has now awarded a total close on £1m (one million pounds sterling) in grants to support cholangiocarcinoma research at many of the UK’s leading research institutions.

AMMF has funded or is currently funding research at:

  • Imperial College London
  • University College London
  • The Institute of Hepatology London
  • University of Birmingham
  • University of Cambridge
  • University of Edinburgh
  • University of Nottingham
  • University of East Anglia
  • University of Manchester
  • University of Liverpool

AMMF welcomes funding applications from research bodies for cholangiocarcinoma work. For more information, click here


The AMMF Cholangiocarcinoma Scholarship

November 2017: AMMF announces its new 3-year PhD award.

The first of these AMMF funded PhD studentships is specifically to investigate the role of mutations in cholangiocarcinoma (bile duct cancer).

The successful PhD student will be based at The Boulter Lab, located in the MRC Human Genetics Unit at the University of Edinburgh.  The Boulter lab is rapidly establishing itself as one of the UK’s foremost laboratories researching cholangiocarcinoma.

February 2018: AMMF is delighted to announce that the first recipient of The AMMF Cholangiocarcinoma Scholarship award has been appointed.  (More details coming soon.)


The University of Edinburgh

Professor Stuart Forbes
Award:  £70,000
To fund work on the potential of Notch and Wnt as therapeutic targets in cholangiocarcinoma.

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Institute of Genetics & Molecular Medicine
(The University of Edinburgh)

Dr Luke Boulter
Award: £33,000
For work towards “Discovering driver mutations in cholangiocarcinoma using forward genetics”

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University College London

Dr Hayley Whitaker
Total awards made 2012 -2014:  £70,376
Funding Dr Hayley Whitaker’s team in their work on the BI-010 biomarker.

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University of East Anglia
(Norfolk & Norwich University Hospital)

Dr Simon Rushbrook
Award:  £39,249
To fund work on “The Role of NRF2 in the Pathogenesis of Cholangiocarcinoma”

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The University of Manchester

Professor Juan Valle
Award:  £21,818
Given towards project management costs for the ABC-06 clinical trial.

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Imperial College London

Professor Richard Syms
Award:  £36,714
Given to support collaborative work between Professor Richard Syms and his team from Imperial College London and a team at Khon Kaen University Thailand, investigating the possible use of an internal MRI scanner to improve the planning of surgical resections for cholangiocarcinoma.

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Professor Richard Syms

Imperial College London

Cholangiocarcinoma Biobank
Dr Shahid Khan
Award:  £30,000
To fund the establishment of a cholangiocarcinoma biobank, including technician funding, and equipment ( -80º­ fridge, an encrypted computer, consumables).

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Aintree University Hospital, Liverpool

Mr Hassan Malik
Award:  £2,000
A small grant awarded to assist with the hENT1 biomarker work.

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Mr Hassan Malik

University of Nottingham

Professor David Bates
Award:  £1,500
A small grant awarded to fund a 2nd year BSc student working on an existing project investigating EGFR inhibitors.

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Recently completed grants

Institute of Hepatology

Research Fellow – Dr Gemma Choy
Award:  £82,060
A Research Fellowship awarded to Dr Gemma Choy, to enable her to continue work on MAPK-targeted therapy for intrahepatic cholangiocarcinoma.

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Institute of Hepatology

Dr Salvatore Papa
Award:  £34,800
A grant awarded to Dr Papa to assist with work on the molecular development of intrahepatic cholangiocarcinoma.

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Imperial College London

Research Fellow – Dr Abigail Zabron
Award:  £65,904
A Research Fellowship awarded to Dr Zabron for to enable her to continue the work into cholangiocarcinoma proteomics and genetics.

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Imperial College London

Dr Simon Ralphs
Award:  £29,758
A Research Fellowship awarded to Dr Ralphs, for collaborative work with Thailand on a urinary biomarker for cholangiocarcinoma.

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The BILCAP Trial

Award:  £14,000
Given to help support the BILCAP trial.

18.05.17 – The BILCAP trial has reported positively.  Capecitabine following surgery has been shown to improve survival by almost a quarter. To read a full report, click here

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AMMF Research Grants – Applications

One of AMMF’s major objectives is to support specialised research teams in their work to find the causes, methods of earlier diagnosis, and effective treatments for cholangiocarcinoma (CC).

AMMF welcomes funding applications from research bodies for cholangiocarcinoma work.  For more details, and how to apply for funding, please click here


March 2018

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