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New national research center for bowel disease in London will be a UK first
Date:10/17/2011

A national research centre for bowel disease is to be set up in London to bring the Cinderella area of medicine to the forefront of surgical innovation.

Building of the 3 million centre of excellence has just begun at Queen Mary, University of London. It will be up and running in early 2012.

The aim is to fast-track new operations for bowel disease patients and revolutionise the way new surgical breakthroughs are rolled out to hospitals all over the UK.

The NCBRSI (National Centre for Bowel Research and Surgical Innovation) will bring together under one roof scientists, clinicians and clinical trial specialists to create a national resource.

Their role will be to develop groundbreaking surgical ideas, carry out clinical trials, then disseminate their knowledge and techniques to the operating theatres of hospitals all over the UK.

The centre is expected to deliver a number of 'firsts' and will become a Gold Standard for research into bowel disorders including cancer, colitis, faecal incontinence and constipation which affect millions of people in the UK.

The project is supported by the charity Bowel & Cancer Research which has raised 2.4 million to get the centre off the ground.

Director of the centre is Professor Norman Williams, who became President of the Royal College of Surgeons in July 2011. Until then he was Director of the Centre for Academic Surgery at Barts and The London School of Medicine and Dentistry, Queen Mary, University of London, and a surgeon at the Royal London Hospital in Whitechapel.

Co-directors of the NCBRSI are Charles Knowles, Professor of Surgical Science in the Academic Surgical Unit at Barts and the London School of Medicine and Dentistry, Queen Mary, University of London; and Andy Silver, Professor of Cancer Genetics at the Centre for Academic Surgery, Institute of Cell and Molecular Science, Barts and The London School of Medicine and Dentistry, Queen Ma
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Contact: Anita Syvret
as@syvretmedia.co.uk
44-771-815-2153
Queen Mary, University of London
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