Peanut allergy research in Cambridge gets grant

Peanut allergy research is set to benefit from a share of a £10.8m grant awarded to Cambridge University Hospitals (CUH) NHS Trust.

The funds are part of just over £100m invested in NHS clinical research facilities by the National Institute for Health Research.

The money will be used to extend the facility at Addenbrooke's Hospital.

Part of it will go to researching a cure for peanut allergies, estimated to affect one in 50 children in the UK.

People with peanut allergies can suffer severe reactions, and even die, if they come into contact with peanuts.

Prof Krishna Chatterjee from CUH said: "We are delighted our funding application was successful.

"This money will be used to fund running costs for the facility and a new satellite unit over the next five years.

"It will support clinical research in areas including peanut allergy, developing an artificial pancreas for the treatment of diabetes, understanding obesity, and dementia.

"We are privileged for this opportunity to translate fundamental research into patient benefit."

Secretary of State for Health Andrew Lansley said the awards had been made to researchers who would "push forward the boundaries of what is possible".

He said: "The public and patients think it's important that the NHS should support research into new treatments, and we agree.

"That's why we're investing over £100m in research facilities, nurses and technicians to help make the NHS a world class place to do research."

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