£16 million medical research facility opens

Posted by pt91 at Sep 28, 2012 05:25 PM |
New purpose-built space to maintain University of Leicester at the cutting edge of medical science

A new £16 million medical research facility has been formally opened at the University of Leicester by City Mayor Sir Peter Soulsby. The 4,500 square metres three-storey purpose-built Central Research Facility replaces previous outdated space that housed animals- mostly rats and mice- used for medical research and will accommodate new medical research technologies to enhance the fight against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.

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.

The BBC's Today programme on 28 September also dedicated a segment of the show to the work taking place in the Central Research Facility.

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.

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