NIHR Biomedical Research Centre opens in Leicester

Posted by ap507 at May 05, 2017 01:37 PM |
Research teams in Leicester and Loughborough are now working together to host the development of groundbreaking treatments, diagnostics, prevention and care for people who have a wide range of diseases

Issued by University of Leicester Press Office on 5 May 2017

Pioneering research into medical advancements in Leicester will continue for the next five years, thanks to an £11.6 million grant.

The investment from the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) will enable the newly formed NIHR Leicester Biomedical Research Centre (BRC) to push the boundaries of knowledge in illnesses linked to respiratory conditions, cardiovascular disease, Type 2 diabetes, chronic kidney disease and the consequence of inactivity.

The NIHR Leicester BRC was launched on April 1 and is now one of only 20 Biomedical Research Centres across the country.

It builds on the work carried out by the NIHR Leicester Cardiovascular Biomedical Research Unit (BRU), the NIHR Leicester Respiratory Biomedical Research Unit BRUand the NIHR Leicester-Loughborough Diet, Lifestyle and Physical Activity Biomedical Research Unit BRU.

Research teams in Leicester and Loughborough are now working together to host the development of groundbreaking treatments, diagnostics, prevention and care for people who have a wide range of diseases.

Professor Melanie Davies CBE, Director of the NIHR Leicester BRC and Professor of Diabetes Medicine at the University of Leicester, said: “We have a proud history of health research and this new centre will enable us to continue to push the barriers of science in the quest for more answers and ultimately improved care for people with, or at risk of, long term conditions.”

Previous studies, which have been carried out at the units, have helped discover important findings about chronic conditions.

In 2015, a team from the NIHR Leicester-Loughborough Diet, Lifestyle and Physical Activity BRU found that people who are at risk of Type 2 diabetes and live sedentary lifestyles, could be piling extra fat onto their internal organs. They also said that women who are at risk of developing the condition could prevent a diagnosis by just regularly standing up or walking for five minutes at a time.

The NIHR Respiratory BRU made headlines in August 2016 when the team discovered a new asthma pill could significantly reduce the severity of the condition.

Investigators in the cardiovascular theme, led by Professor Sir Nilesh Samani, have led world-wide efforts that have identified more than 60 genes that affect the risk of getting a heart attack. These discoveries are paving new ways towards prevention and treatment of this common and serious disease.

The BRC undertakes translational clinical research in priority areas of high disease burden and clinical need. It harnesses the power of experimental science to explore and develop ways to help prevent and treat chronic disease.

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Notes to editors

  • For further details, to arrange an interview or more photographs, email fiona.bailey@ojpr.co.uk  or oliver.jelley@ojpr.co.uk
  • The National Institute for Health Research (NIHR): improving the health and wealth of the nation through research.
  • Established by the Department of Health, NIHR:

-         funds high quality research to improve health

-         trains and supports health researchers

-         provides world-class research facilities

-         works with the life sciences industry and charities to benefit all

-         involves patients and the public at every step. For further information, visit http://www.nihr.ac.uk.    

  • The NIHR Leicester Biomedical Research Centre is funded by the NIHR. The BRC undertakes translational clinical research in priority areas of high disease burden and clinical need. It harnesses the power of experimental science to explore and develop ways to help prevent and treat chronic disease. The BRC will bring together 70 highly skilled researchers, 30 of these are at the forefront of clinical services delivery. It is thought that scientists working closely with clinicians will allow the BRC to deliver research that is relevant to patients and the professionals who treat them.
  • The University of Leicester is led by discovery and innovation – an international centre for excellence renowned for research, teaching and broadening access to higher education. The University of Leicester is ranked among the top one per cent of universities in the world by the THE World University Rankings and also among the top 100 leading international universities in the world. It is among the top 25 universities in the Times Higher Education REF Research Power rankings with 75% of research adjudged to be internationally excellent with wide-ranging impacts on society, health, culture, and the environment.

Find out more: https://le.ac.uk/about-us

  • University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust (UHL) is one of the UK’s biggest and busiest hospitals, particularly recognised for high-quality research in cardiovascular, respiratory and diabetes. Together with the University of Leicester and Loughborough University, UHL applied to be a Biomedical Research Centre (BRC), focused on very important disease areas, including cardiovascular disease, the largest single cause of death (500,000 people in the UK have heart failure), respiratory disease including asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (this will be the world’s third highest cause of death by 2030) and lifestyle specifically focussed on increasing physical activity to prevent and manage lifestyle-related chronic diseases, like type 2 diabetes.
  • Loughborough is one of the country’s leading universities, with an international reputation for research that matters, excellence in teaching, strong links with industry, and unrivalled achievement in sport and its underpinning academic disciplines. It has been awarded five stars in the independent QS Stars university rating scheme, named the best university in the world to study sports-related subjects in the 2017 QS World University Rankings and top in the country for its student experience in the 2016 THE Student Experience Survey. Loughborough was ranked 4th in the Guardian University League Table 2017 and 10th in The UK Complete University Guide 2018 and was also named Sports University of the Year by The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2017. Loughborough is consistently ranked in the top twenty of UK universities in the Times Higher Education’s ‘table of tables’ and is in the top 10 in England for research intensity. In recognition of its contribution to the sector, Loughborough has been awarded seven Queen's Anniversary Prizes. 

 

 

 

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