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Biomedical Research Units

Andrew Lansley announces £775 million Translational Research Funding during visit to Nottingham’s Digestive Diseases BRU

Secretary of State Andrew Lansley toured Nottingham's Digestive Diseases Centre BRU and saw three studies in action

Health Secretary Andrew Lansley announced the country’s largest ever national funding for research during a visit to Nottingham’s Digestive Diseases Centre BRU today. Up to £775 million over five years will be awarded to the NHS and university partnerships in this funding round for BRUs and BRCs via NIHR. Nottingham is the only city in the UK to have three Biomedical Research Units and is a key location for R&D nationally.

“We need to give British researchers the tools they need to develop new world-class treatments and innovations for NHS patients. That’s why we are making £775 million available for health research.” – Andrew Lansley

Mr Lansley was welcomed by NUH Chairman Dr Peter Barrett and given a tour by Professor Robin Spiller, Lead Director of the Digestive Biomedical Research Unit. The Secretary of State saw a live demonstration of high resolution manometry by Dr Mark Fox and a demonstration of the 3CN study by Dr Neil Guha, examining the progression of liver cirrhosis via biomarkers. Dr Luca Marciani showed how MRI can be used to look at GI function without using ionising radiation.

Professor Spiller said: “Medical research can make the health service more efficient. There are plenty of diseases where treatments are not optimum and our challenge is to develop new diagnostic tests and better treatments. We’re delighted that the Secretary of State visited our BRUs and very much enjoyed telling him about research we are doing in Nottingham that has the potential to make a significant improvement to patient care.”

Professor Dame Sally Davies, Director General of Research and Development at the Department of Health added: “The successful NHS and university partnerships will receive long-term funding to provide the best environment to support cutting edge translational research. These Centres and Units will provide vital support for research funded by NIHR and our public sector, charity and industry partners.”

Prime Minister, David Cameron commented:

“A strong science and research base is crucial to help secure sustainable economic growth, helping to rebalance the economy and create the jobs of the future, which is why despite tough spending decisions we have protected its funding. We have some of the best scientists and facilities in the world and today’s announcement will help ensure we continue to be at the cutting edge of life sciences.”

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