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£7.5m to transform patient care
Date:4/9/2008

Patients suffering from respiratory disease and hearing problems are to benefit from an injection of 7.5m to fund ground-breaking new treatments in Nottingham.

Two new Biomedical Research Units (BRUs) will take pioneering medical research out of the laboratory and into the hospital clinic getting new treatments to patients more quickly.

Dr Peter Homa, Chief Executive of Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust says: "This important achievement is excellent news for Nottingham, and means both the Trust and the University will be able to work in partnership to develop world-class research units for hearing services and respiratory disease that will benefit patients both near and far."

Terence Stephenson, Professor of Child Health and Dean of the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences said: The award of two biomedical research units, worth 7.5m, against national competition is a huge mark of success for Nottingham's medical school and hospitals.

Funded by the Department of Health's National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) the BRUs will focus on 'translational' research into respiratory disease and deafness and hearing problems. They will be run by a partnership led by Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust and the University of Nottingham and, for hearing, the Medical Research Council Institute of Hearing Research (MRCIHR). They will be based on the QMC and Nottingham City Hospital campuses.

The BRUs will put Nottingham firmly on the map as one of the country's leading groups of hospital and university research centres. They will build on the city's reputation as one of the world-leaders in developing groundbreaking medicines, treatments and medical procedures transforming the lives of millions of patients.

Respiratory research is already a major area of strength in Nottingham. The new BRU will help integrate existing state-of-the-art research facilities at the Clinical Sciences Building on the Cit
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Contact: Dr. Brian Thomson
brian.thomson@nottingham.ac.uk
44-011-582-31832
University of Nottingham
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