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University of Leeds wins $18 million funding to improve the quality of our old age
Date:6/25/2009

A new 11m Centre of Excellence in Medical Engineering at the University of Leeds will be dedicated to giving people a healthier, fitter, more active old age.

The Wellcome Trust and the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) have today (Thursday) announced joint funding for the centre, based in the Institute of Medical and Biological Engineering (iMBE) at the University of Leeds.

The centre will address a specific need. While medical advances, a better diet and changes in our lifestyle mean we are living longer, our bones, joints and cardiovascular systems continue to degenerate as we age.

The Institute of Medical and Biological Engineering is an acknowledged leader in this field tens of thousands of people across the world have already been given life-changing knee and hip replacement surgery thanks to its research. The Wellcome EPSRC Leeds Medical Engineering Centre (WELMEC) will build on iMBE's track record of success, and bring together colleagues from across the University and the Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust, to create even better, more effective therapies.

Their centre will combine two distinct strands of work the country's largest bioengineering unit and a world-leading research centre for artificial joint replacements both dedicated to creating new therapies to improve our quality of life as we get older.

The work is led by John Fisher, Professor of Mechanical Engineering, who said: "We are looking how to help the skeleton, muscles and cardiovascular system support our bodies as we get older, through improved prosthetic implants and technologies to help our tissues regenerate. We are also looking to understand the process of degeneration so we can accurately diagnose its early stages and deliver appropriate and timely interventions.

"Our work is all driven by the concept of 50 more years after 50 making our second 50 years as healthy, comfortable and active as our first.
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Contact: Simon Jenkins
s.jenkins@leeds.ac.uk
44-779-133-3229
University of Leeds
Source:Eurekalert

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