£12.6 million heart research centre officially opened

Posted by ap507 at Jun 09, 2014 04:50 PM |
Vice-Chancellor Professor Sir Robert Burgess will open the University of Leicester British Heart Foundation Cardiovascular Research Centre on Wednesday 11 June

The new British Heart Foundation Cardiovascular Research Centre (CRC) will be officially opened on Wednesday 11 June 2014 by Vice-Chancellor Professor Sir Robert Burgess.

The multi-million pound facility at Leicester’s Glenfield Hospital brings together scientists, doctors and patients with the aim of improving the diagnosis, prognosis and treatment of cardiovascular diseases which kill more than 160,000 people in the UK annually.

Research into heart disease has been a major focus within the University’s Medical School since its inception and the research team comprises of world-class investigators with an international reputation in research into the causes and treatment of the most common types of heart disease.

The CRC was made possible through generous philanthropic support from the British Heart Foundation, the Wolfson Foundation and the Edith Murphy Foundation. A £500,000 gift from leading local donor David Wilson and the generous support of individuals, groups, associations and companies from across local communities in the city and county ensured the completion and equipping of the state-of-the-art Centre.

The CRC also helped to secure the University’s biggest ever single philanthropic donation of £7 million from The John and Lucille van Geest Foundation. This tremendous gift established ‘The van Geest Foundation Heart and Cardiovascular Diseases Research Fund’ and funded a Biomarker Facility adjacent to the CRC which will also be officially opened on Wednesday.

The work of the CRC will also benefit from the University’s investment in a new £42 million Centre for Medicine. Set to open in autumn 2015, the cutting-edge facility will act as central hub for medical teaching and applied research, linking research centres such as the CRC, local hospitals and Leicester Medical School.

The British Heart Foundation Cardiovascular Research Centre and the John and Lucille van Geest Biomarker Facility will be officially opened on Wednesday 11 June from 10am by Vice-Chancellor Professor Sir Robert Burgess. The opening will be followed by a buffet lunch and tours of the new Centre.