EPSRC supports new medical research centres

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The Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) has invested more than £12 million to establish two new research centres which will deliver advances in vital medical techniques and improve outcomes for clinicians and patients.

Co-funded by the Wellcome Trust, the new centres will bring together engineering and clinical experts at University College London and King's College London to develop new surgical and medical imaging technologies.

They are among seven research centres being newly established at UK universities with support from the Wellcome Trust and other partner organisations, while another seven centres are being renewed.

The Wellcome/EPSRC Centre for Interventional and Surgical Sciences at UCL will advance engineering sciences in intraoperative imaging and sensing, data fusion and extraction, human-technology interfaces, tissue modelling, surgical instrumentation and surgical navigation.

The Wellcome/EPSRC/King's College Medical Engineering Centre of Research Excellence will focus on medical imaging, with a vision of developing biomarkers to allow early detection of new imaging methodologies, improved tools for image analysis, imaging robotics and image-guided surgical interventions and novel molecular imaging probes.

EPSRC has invested £6.5 million to establish the Wellcome/EPSRC Centre for Interventional and Surgical Sciences at UCL and almost £6 million in the Wellcome/EPSRC/King's College Medical Engineering Centre of Research Excellence.

Professor Philip Nelson, EPSRC's Chief Executive, said: The new centres will bring together a wide range of experts to develop technologies that could have a profound impact on both patient experience and outcomes, as well as the workload of clinical teams.

This investment demonstrates EPSRC's commitment to addressing high priority healthcare challenges by working in partnership with other organisations and providing support for environments that promote multidisciplinary research and training.

Wellcome's Director, Dr Jeremy Farrar, said: Wellcome Centres play a special role in the global research ecosystem. By creating places where researchers can flourish we can catalyse world-leading research and translation, and amplify its influence and impact.

At Wellcome we believe in long term support for discovery-driven science, and Wellcome Centres are an outstanding environment for researchers to further our understanding of fundamental biology, accelerate translation to clinical practice, and explore the social and cultural context of medicine.

Reference: PN 70-16