Frequently Asked Questions

Our list of Partner Institutes shows the places where people are being recruited for this study. If you are receiving treatment for cancer at one of these institutes, please talk to your doctor or healthcare professional about whether you might be able to take part in the Mutographs study. However, please be aware that not all sites are currently recruiting participants and not all types of cancer are being collected from each site. Therefore it may not be possible to take part.

If you’d like to take part in research studies in general, the websites listed here have more information about how to find clinical trials and research projects. Alternatively, talk to your doctor or healthcare professional about opportunities that might be suitable for you.

Cancer Research UK – Find a clinical trial:

UK Clinical Trials gateway

ClinicalTrials.Gov (lists studies all over the world that are recruiting patients):

World Health Organisation International Trials Registry Platform

What are the next steps for the Mutographs project?

The next steps will depend on the results we receive from the project. Our aim is to understand potential causes of cancer found in the environment, or that are related to lifestyle. As this is a complex project, it may require further work that goes on beyond the end of the current grant.

If we are successful in our aims, we hope to use this knowledge to help inform public health strategies based around preventing cancer.

Are there any opportunities for Patient and Public Involvement on the Mutographs project?

We are happy to hear from people with experience of cancer to help us improve the work we do on Mutographs. This includes people from any of the countries where we are collecting samples.

If you would be interested in using your experience of cancer to help the Mutographs project, please email us at

What are the ethics and consent details for the study?

Ethical approvals have been obtained for collection of patient biopsy and blood samples for this project. All participants have given fully informed consent. This includes for genetic analysis and for shipping of samples to overseas collaborators, including to the UK.

How is the Mutographs project being funded?

The project has been awarded a £20 million research grant from the UK-based charity Cancer Research UK. The Principal Investigator is Mike Stratton at the Wellcome Sanger Institute, based outside Cambridge, UK. The grant is centrally administered by the Sanger Institute.

How long will the Mutographs project run for?

The project was awarded a 5 year research grant in 2017. The project is currently scheduled to run until 2022.

I’m a researcher – can I apply for a job on the Mutographs project?

Please see the job vacancy pages from the relevant institutions: