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University of Glasgow receives £3.4 million for new research centre

Published: Thursday, 30 July 2015   Category: All Graduate Jobs News

The University of Glasgow has been awarded £3.4 million to create an innovative research centre into precision medicine.

The £3.4 million funding, provided by the Medical Research Council (MRC) and the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC), will be implemented to create the largest MRC Molecular Pathology Node in Britain. 

Researching and providing the right treatment 

The aim of precision medicine is to find innovative treatments based on an individual's own physiology and response to certain diseases instead of relying on the current method which doesn’t always offer the best results.

The Glasgow Molecular Pathology Node will therefore integrate with laboratory medicine in a plight to analyse the databases that come from previous molecular research. 

Professor Anna Dominiczak, Vice Principal and Head of the College of Medical, Veterinary and Life Sciences at the university, said that the ultimate goal of this new research centre is to provide individual patients with the correct treatment at the right time.

Through the research that has already been conducted, researchers now understand even more about DNA abnormalities which occur during the development of a disease, she added. 

The centre of stratified therapeutic development

The new Node will be based in the Laboratory Medicine Building, at the Queen Elizabeth University Hospital in Glasgow, enabling scientists and researchers to collaborate with partners. 

The Government announced that funding would be provided for six nodes across the UK with the University of Glasgow securing the largest amount of cash. 

Dr Karin Oien, Lead Investigator, said that Glasgow is now the centre of “stratified therapeutic development” in the world.

Dr Oien concluded that the researchers involved have had a large amount of training in genetics, molecular pathology and stratified medicine and, as a result, will contribute to the current skills shortages in the sector by ensuring more young professionals are trained in such departments. 

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