Queen Elizabeth Hospital's blood cancer accolade
A Birmingham hospital is to be named as a centre of excellence for blood cancer research later.
Charity Leukaemia and Lymphoma Research has invested several million pounds in medical research projects at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital.
Former England and Wolves footballer and leukaemia survivor Geoff Thomas will be among those attending a plaque unveiling on Monday.
Professor Paul Moss said the title sent out "a tremendous signal".
"I think it's a great accolade for us to be made a centre of excellence," he said.
"We're one of a few in the country and I think it sends a tremendous signal to the researchers here that their work is being appreciated but also to our supporters around the region and indeed to the patients."
The hospital, in Edgbaston, started admitting patients in June after more than £500m was spent replacing Selly Oak and the old Queen Elizabeth Hospital.
It has 1,213 beds - about the same as the combined capacity of the old hospitals - and 30 operating theatres.