Cutting-edge research to be conducted at new Centre for Medicine

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University of Leicester to become the ‘hub’ for research into the prevention, detection and treatment of major chronic diseases

Issued by University of Leicester Press Office on 13 December 2013

The University of Leicester’s new £42m Centre for Medicine, to be completed by autumn 2015, will become the ‘hub’ for leading medical academics at the University, bringing together cutting-edge medical research and education for the first time under one roof.

Over one third of the new Centre will be dedicated to applied research and it will form the crucial nexus for the University’s world-leading academics, who will be working with and across associated research and clinical centres throughout Leicestershire, including the University of Leicester’s Biomedical Research Units, the Cardiovascular Research Centre, the Leicester Diabetes Centre, the Stroke and Kidney research teams.

The new Centre for Medicine will help to dramatically improve undergraduate medical teaching and ultimately patient treatment and care as well as pioneering new forms of scientific investigation into leading epidemic health issues.

Professor David Wynford-Thomas, Dean of the School of Medicine and Head of the College of Medicine, Biological Sciences and Psychology at the University of Leicester said: “This new Centre will give Leicester medical students probably the most advanced environment and facilities in which to study medicine in the UK.

“It will also act as a hub for the University’s research into the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of some of today’s major health problems, as well as housing much-needed research aimed at finding new ways to improve quality and safety in the NHS.  As such, it represents a shining example of the University of Leicester’s ongoing commitment to ‘research-led teaching’.”

The Centre will generate new knowledge and deliver applied research into the prevention, detection and treatment of major chronic diseases, including Kidney Disease, Stroke, Diabetes and Chronic Respiratory Disease.

It is estimated that more than one in 20 people in the UK has diabetes; someone is hit by a stroke every five minutes and more people die from chronic respiratory disease than breast, bowel and prostate cancer combined.

Most of the crucial work to assess and implement research in these areas is led by the University of Leicester’s Department of Health Sciences, which will be located in the new Centre.

The new Centre, covering 12,836 square metres, will house the departments of Medical Education, Health Sciences, Psychology and Social Work.  The state-of-the-art facilities will provide lecture theatres, formal and informal teaching and seminar rooms, laboratory research facilities, academic accommodation and support space of the highest quality for more than 2,350 staff and students.

University of Leicester researchers work in close collaboration with clinical and academic research centres across the city and with external partners across the regional NHS to ensure that research breakthroughs, best practice and policy relating to critical issues such as patient safety are applied effectively for the benefit of hundreds of thousands of patients locally and across the UK.

The new Centre provides a unique opportunity for the University to bring together world-leading medical research and medical education under one roof and to train caring and compassionate doctors who put the patient first and can deliver high quality care in a rapidly changing health services environment.  Many of the doctors who study at the new Centre will work in Leicestershire, but importantly for those who do not, both they and their patients across the UK and the world will benefit from the excellent educational investment they will have received at the Leicester Medical School.

The University is planning the launch of a public fundraising appeal later in 2014 and £1.5m has already been pledged to the campaign by individuals, Trusts and Foundations.


Notes to Editors:

For more information contact Professor David Wynford-Thomas at

The Leicester Medical School was founded in 1971 and has developed an excellent reputation. The Guardian ranks it among the UK’s top 10 and the General Medical Council have recognised the quality of the institution’s research and teaching expertise.

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