University of Leicester showcases its biggest ever project at Heartbeat Ball 2014

Posted by er134 at May 19, 2014 10:29 AM |
New Centre for Medicine set to transform medical teaching, research and, ultimately, patient care

Issued by University of Leicester Press Office on 19 May 2014

The University of Leicester is encouraging everyone to find out more about the biggest project in the University’s history – the £42 million Centre for Medicine which will transform healthcare and medical education across the region.

The University is staging its second Heartbeat Ball on Thursday 22 May. More than 400 guests from communities across the city and county will have an opportunity to show their support for the University’s ambitious plans to create – for the first time in one place – a central hub for leading academics, researchers, clinicians and students, currently spread across multiple sites in the city. Together their work will combat the major chronic diseases, transform the medical curriculum and ultimately improve patient care.

Work is already underway for the new six-storey Centre for Medicine at Lancaster Road. This initiative represents the largest investment in medical teaching and applied research by a UK university in the last decade. The cutting-edge facility, which is due to open in autumn 2015, will be home to the University departments of Medical and Social Care Education, Health Sciences and Psychology.

The black tie ball at Athena aims not only to support the Centre but to allow people to find out more about its vision and purpose and meet with the people behind the University’s largest ever capital project, which is expected to significantly transform patient safety and care. Academics, clinicians, patients and supporters involved in the project will be at the event to share their work on the new facility.

The evening of glittering entertainment in the city’s cultural quarter supporting the new Centre, will include a champagne reception, gala dinner, Flambé Circus and an auction for lots that ‘money-can’t-buy’. The opportunity to press the red button in a controlled explosion or to take a baking master class with Leicestershire’s own Fiona Cairns, maker of the wedding cake for the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, are just two of the experiences  available to bid on during the night.

Director of Development, Steve O’Connor commented: “Leicester is ideally placed to lead the training of tomorrow’s doctors, revolutionise patient care and fight chronic disease. As one of the most ethnically diverse communities in Europe with a high prevalence of chronic disease and a strong clinical and academic infrastructure; we are in the best position to lead research to improve understanding and develop revolutionary new treatments for conditions such as heart disease, diabetes, respiratory and kidney disease.

“This is the biggest ever project for the University and now is absolutely the right time for us to be embarking on this development. We will be delighted to welcome supporters and friends from across the region to enjoy an evening of glitz and glamour and to support the vision for the new Centre where saving lives is just the beginning.”

Supporter, Emeritus Professor and former Dean of Medicine at the University of Leicester, Professor Ian Lauder added: “Leicester produces high quality, caring and dedicated doctors. I am very pleased to pledge my support for the appeal and to make a difference for something I feel passionately about.”

The University’s Heartbeat Ball 2014 will be held on Thursday 22 May at 7pm, Athena, Leicester. Various corporate and group packages are available including tables of 10 for £450.


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