Published: 20/12/2001, Volume III, No. 5786 Page 8

The merger of two of the UK's leading cancer charities will lead to the loss of around 130 jobs, but will see the creation of a single organisation with a£130m research and development budget.The Imperial Cancer Research Fund and the Cancer Research Campaign are set to merge from February next year.The new organisation will be renamed Cancer Research UK and become the biggest cancer research organisation in the world, with 3,000 dedicated researchers and doctors. In a joint statement, the two charities said that having worked together increasingly over the years, they became convinced that joining forces would mean economies of scale and speed up research into detection and treatment.The merger has the approval of chief charity commissioner John Stoker, who believes other charities could get better results and value by combining their efforts.