Cambridgeshire

Cambridge health researchers gain £114m funding boost

Health researchers in Cambridge have been awarded £114.5m to develop and translate new scientific discoveries into medicines and treatments.

The cash is part of a five-year £800m investment by the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR).

The University of Cambridge and Cambridge University Hospitals Trust, which runs Addenbrooke's and the Rosie Hospital, have been awarded £110m.

A further £4.5m will fund a new research unit focussing on dementia.

The Cambridge partnership has already been identified as a national leader in research into the disease.

The award will be used to back projects designed to benefit patients with diseases such as cancer and diabetes, specifically targeting advances in diagnosis, prevention and treatment.

Other areas of research that will benefit include brain injury, cardiovascular disease, genomics, mental health, infectious diseases and disorders of the immune system, obesity, musculoskeletal disorders, transplantation, population science and women's health.

'Substantial achievements'

Cambridge is one of five comprehensive Biomedical Research Centres in England and the £110m figure represents another five years' funding.

Dr John Bradley, director of the NIHR Cambridge Biomedical Research Centre, said: "We are delighted to receive the news that we have retained our Biomedical Research Centre designation - and even more pleased that the international selection panel has recommended a considerable increase in our funding.

"This will allow the partnership between Cambridge University Hospitals and the University of Cambridge to build on the substantial achievements of the last five years."

Prime Minister David Cameron said: "This unprecedented investment into the development of innovative medicines and treatments will have a huge impact on the care and services patients receive and help develop the modern, world-class health service patients' deserve.

"A strong competitive science and research base is a crucial part of securing sustainable economic growth and creating jobs of the future, and we have some of the best scientists and facilities in the world.

"This investment will help ensure we continue to be at the cutting edge."

Health Secretary Andrew Lansley, Conservative MP for South Cambridgeshire, said: "This will help deliver real improvements in patients' chances of surviving and living a more independent, healthier and better quality of life."

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