Research institute aims to accelerate treatments

A new multi-million pound health research institute has been set up at the University of Bristol with the aim of speeding up medical breakthroughs.

The Elizabeth Blackwell Institute will bring researchers from disparate disciplines together to work on projects to benefit public health.

It also aims to encourage collaboration between patients, funding bodies, the NHS and industry.

The Institute is funded by the Wellcome Trust and the University of Bristol

Professor Sir Eric Thomas, Vice Chancellor of the University of Bristol, said: "This new institute bridges an important gap in accelerating the medical breakthroughs that can ultimately save and improve people's lives."

One project that has already benefited is the Sensor Platform for Healthcare in a Residential Environment (SPHERE) study.

It aims to develop ways of monitoring people's health in the home especially after major operations, when they live alone or have to cope with complex medical problems.

SPHERE has been awarded a £12m grant from the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council.

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