New £16 million medical research facility opened in Leicester
City Mayor of Leicester Sir Peter Soulsby with the plaque unveiled at the opening of the new facility.
Issued by University of Leicester on 28 September 2012
Photocall: 1.30pm in Friday September 28 at University of Leicester Central Research Facility, Lancaster Road, Leicester
A new £16 million medical research facility has been formally opened at the University of Leicester.
The new 4,500 square metres three-storey purpose-built Central Research Facility replaces previous outdated space that housed animals- mostly rats and mice- used for medical research and will accommodate new medical research technologies to enhance the fight against infections and diseases.
Medical research done at the University of Leicester involving animals has a direct relationship with the treatment of patients in hospitals locally and beyond. The University of Leicester is at the fore of developing cutting-edge techniques for heart research and treatment, combating cancer and stroke, and in renal transplant research amongst others.
Research at the University of Leicester involving animals has contributed to the life-saving ECMO unit in Leicester and in pioneering new techniques of fighting disease- such as tackling liver tumours using microwave technologies.
Professor Mike Barer, Director of Research in the School of Medicine, Biological Sciences and Psychology said: “Since the opening of the Leicester Medical School in 1975 there has always been a focus in the University on achieving local benefit from local research.
“In particular, early research based on animal studies has been critical to several medical advances including major improvements in kidney transplantation leading to higher success rates and microwave-based treatment of tumours in the liver.
“More recently there have been breakthroughs in heart disease treatment that have improved the use of artery-widening stents and pioneering work on the implantation of devices that alleviate heart failure.
“Research in Leicester has also led to the establishment of facilities benefitting the nation as a whole. The life-saving Leicester ECMO unit, which effectively breathes for critically ill patients, and the Leicester Bone bank are important examples.
“More basic research in cancer, infection, hearing, strokes and brain conditions similar to Alzheimer’s hold much promise for medical benefit in the future.”
City Mayor Sir Peter Soulsby, who formally opened the new facility, said: “The University of Leicester has a well-deserved, worldwide reputation for its pioneering research, which has been key to many life-saving medical advances.
“The opening of this new facility shows the University’s continued commitment to breaking new ground. This is something that the whole city can take pride in.”
The Central Research Facility at the University of Leicester is part funded by the Wellcome Trust, a global charitable foundation dedicated to achieving extraordinary improvements in human and animal health.
Professor Barer added: “The University of Leicester is recognised nationally as a leading centre standing up for animal research for medical benefit conducted within a clear moral and ethical framework balancing consideration of humans and animals.
“The facility provides an exceptional environment for both animals and investigators. Of particular note are the new facilities for imaging applied to animals such that many less subjects will be required to achieve valid results.”
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