14 September 2016
£23.6 m boost for NUH from UK’s largest ever health research investment
Nottingham's hospitals have been awarded £23.6 million from the
Government to make world-first medical breakthroughs, as part of a
record package of research funding announced today by Health
Secretary Jeremy Hunt.
Nottingham already has two Biomedical Research Units (BRUs) in
digestive diseases and hearing. BRUs will be replaced by Biomedical
Research Centres (BRCs) by April 2017.
Nottingham has been awarded £23.6m of the £816m funding that has
gone to NHS and University partnerships across England through the
National Institute for Health Research.
Dr Maria Koufali, Deputy Director of Research & Innovation,
for Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust, said: "We are
absolutely delighted to be working with The University of
Nottingham, our charity and industry partners, to develop the
new Biomedical Research Centre for Nottingham. The new Centre in
Nottingham will drive innovation and internationally competitive
translational research in therapeutic areas which are highly
relevant to the health of our patients and public: gastrointestinal
and liver disease, hearing loss and tinnitus, respiratory and
musculoskeletal disease and mental health and technology. At the
core of our centre will be our world leading expertise in Magnetic
Resonance Imaging (MRI). NUH is one of the leading NHS Trusts in
developing research which will address important clinical questions
and improve outcomes for patients. The new Biomedical Research
Centre will further strengthen Nottingham's position as a leading
city for research and innovation."
Nottingham's hospitals have a large portfolio of active research
programmes for patients and aim to offer every patient the
opportunity to participate in research.
For more information about how to get involved in research at
your local hospitals, please visit: /research-innovation/
and follow @nuhresearch.
Health Secretary, Jeremy Hunt said: "The UK has so often led the
world in health research - from the invention of the smallpox
vaccine to the discovery of penicillin and the development of DNA
sequencing. Today, we are making sure the UK stays ahead of the
game by laying the foundations for a new age of personalised
"We are supporting the great minds of the NHS to push the
frontiers of medical science so that patients in this country
continue to benefit from the very latest treatments and the highest
standards of care."