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What is the mesothelioma research network?

We've set up the mesothelioma research network (MRN) to bring together researchers working on mesothelioma. 

The MRN helps researchers share ideas and support each other, to get better results faster. We hope it will mean that researchers' great ideas can be more quickly translated into new ways of diagnosing and treating people with mesothelioma.

What does the MRN do?

The MRN:

  • brings researchers working in mesothelioma together to meet one another
  • helps researchers share knowledge, skills and resources between them
  • helps researchers stay in touch with what mesothelioma research is happening in the UK and globally
  • encourages research investment in mesothelioma
  • attracts and keeps the interest of researchers in this field
  • encourages collaboration to maximise impact from funding allocated and reduce wastage
  • encourages an ongoing conversation about mesothelioma research priorities to inform the strategies of the BLF and other funders
  • brings MesobanK to researchers - a collection of useful samples from people with mesothelioma

Who can join the network?

We welcome members worldwide from the following groups:

  • Basic, translational and clinical researchers at any point of their career, from the earliest stage through to senior and established researchers.
  • We encourage health care professionals that are based in secondary care and who see mesothelioma patients regularly to join the MRN. This way you can keep in touch with ongoing clinical research that may benefit your patients.
  • Most of our members work at academic institutes or in the National Health Service (or non-UK equivalent). While we recognise the important role of industry in pushing forward research progress, those that work wholly in commercial settings are admitted at the MRN’s discretion.
  • Research support organisations that directly assist mesothelioma researchers can join the MRN. This can include funders of mesothelioma research that usually spend more than £25,000 a year.

The views of patients and carers are fed into the project by their representation on the Steering Group responsible for overseeing the MRN. However the network itself is aimed at researchers and health professionals.

Why should I join the MRN?

Researchers who join the MRN will be able to:

  • connect with other basic/translational and clinical researchers in mesothelioma
  • keep in touch with what mesothelioma research is going on around the globe
  • attend UK-based scientific meetings that focus on mesothelioma
  • learn from others who are part of the MRN
  • open up chances for research collaboration
  • access funding exclusive to MRN members*

* Non-UK based researchers may apply for funding as a co-applicant.

How can I join the MRN?

Visit our MRN site below to fill in an application form.

Apply now