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New translational research units announced

1st August 2008

Liverpool, London and Nottingham will be home to three new research units focused on the prevention and treatment of illnesses such as asthma, heart disease and obesity, it was revealed yesterday.

Public health minister Dawn Primarolo announced that the biomedical “translational research” facilities aim to use medical developments in hospital clinics and enable patients to benefit more quickly from scientific discoveries.

According to the Department of Health, illnesses including gastrointestinal and liver disease will be the focus because they traditionally receive “limited” funding.

Ms Primarolo said patients will “really benefit” from the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) units.

“The new funding will enable high quality research to flourish in these small but excellent research groups and will strengthen our drive to put the UK at the forefront of vital health research,” she explained.

A total of 12 NIHR research units currently operate in the UK, with locations including Oxford, Sheffield and Southampton.

Each new facility is set to receive 3.4 million pounds over the next four years.

Meanwhile, last week saw health secretary Alan Johnson call for a national movement he believes is needed to tackle obesity in the UK.

Speaking at the Fabian Society, Mr Johnson described the problem as “the biggest health challenge we face”.

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