New Preston research centre is among best in UK

l-r Professor Robert Walsh and Dr Sarah Dennison with Jennifer Mein, Leader of Lancashire County Council. at the new UCLan Biomedical research centre

l-r Professor Robert Walsh and Dr Sarah Dennison with Jennifer Mein, Leader of Lancashire County Council. at the new UCLan Biomedical research centre

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A state-of-the art biomedical research facility has been launched in Preston.

The University of Central Lancashire has unveiled the centre, which will focus on postgraduate research across a range of life-saving biomedical fields.

The centre has been created within the university utilising high-tech laboratories designed to focus multi-disciplinary postgraduate research across a range of biomedical fields, including research in areas including brain tumours, anti-cancer, antibiotics, Alzheimer’s, DNA profiling and molecular biology.

The facility will be used mainly by UCLan post graduate researchers, but working alongside or in conjunction a host of medical bodies.

The university already does a lot of work with a wide range of medical groups and organisations as well as charities working on biomedics, including Brain Tumour North West, the neurosurgical unit and neuropathology department at the Royal Preston Hospital, other universities and NHS institutions across the region.

Professor Bob Lea, a UCLan expert in neuroscience, said: “This fantastic new facility is all about bringing together our researchers with scientists, clinicians and health professionals who are unified in searching for new treatments and diagnostic tests for a wide range of diseases and conditions.

He added: “Research is at the heart of everything we do and this new state-of-the-art biomedical facility will further enhance our growing reputation.

“UCLan is an academic leader in a host of scientific and biomedical disciplines, most recently in brain tumour research. We know this investment will continue to extend the reach and significance of our research impact.”

Dr Sarah Dennison, the Biomedical Research Facility laboratory manager, added: “It’s such an exciting time for current and prospective students to be involved with biomedical science at UCLan. Ultimately it’s about conducting research to make those major scientific breakthroughs into life-saving treatments for patients.”

Professor Charles Davis, consultant neurosurgeon at Lancashire Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, said biomedical science was “Incredibly complex” adding:“The UCLan biomedical research facility creates one of the best such infrastructures in the UK which will support coordinated programmes of research that will have significant impact upon our quality of life.”