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£3.2m centre for medical research

 January 15, 2014 | Simon Jenkins

A new £3.2m Government-funded training centre aimed at keeping the UK at the cutting edge of regenerative medicine research will be based at the University.

The Centre for Doctoral Training (CDT) in Tissue Engineering, Regenerative Medicine and Innovation in Medical and Biological Engineering is expected to bring 50 PhD studentships over five years to the University, allowing researchers to explore new treatments in fields including cardiovascular medicine, joint replacement, skin repair and dentistry.

Here the BBC’s regional news bulletin Look North visits the University to learn about our work in regenerative medicine:

Professor John Fisher, Director of the University’s Institute of Medical and Biological Engineering, said: “The centre will train the next generation of researchers in a field that has the potential to change the healthcare system and people’s quality of life. We will be bringing together the brightest young researchers from a wide range of disciplines in a structured programme to train the specialists the UK needs.”

The centre will be a hub for innovation in regenerative medicine, with 15 companies already signed up, and will involve academics from engineering, medicine, biological sciences, chemistry, design and business.

Research projects already underway at the University include creating biological scaffolds to repair tissues by regenerating a patient’s own cells and developing practical stem cell-based therapies for musculoskeletal, cardiovascular and neural problems.

Regenerative medicine has been identified by the government as one of “eight great technologies” vital to driving UK economic growth and the new centre confirms Leeds’ place as a leader in the discipline.

Professor Fisher leads the Campaign Project Medical Technologies for Active Lives.