The University of Leicester is encouraging everyone to find out more about the biggest project in the University’s history – the £42 million Centre for Medicine which will transform healthcare and medical education across the region.
The University staged its second Heartbeat Ball this May, with more than 400 guests from communities across the city and county having the opportunity to show their support for the University’s ambitious plans to create a central hub for leading academics, researchers, clinicians and students, currently spread across multiple sites in the city. Together their work will combat the major chronic diseases, transform the medical curriculum and ultimately improve patient care.
Work is already underway for the new six-storey Centre for Medicine at Lancaster Road. This initiative represents the largest investment in medical teaching and applied research by a UK university in the last decade. The cutting-edge facility, which is due to open in autumn 2015, will be home to the University departments of Medical and Social Care Education, Health Sciences and Psychology.
Director of Development, Steve O’Connor commented: “Leicester is ideally placed to lead the training of tomorrow’s doctors, revolutionise patient care and fight chronic disease. As one of the most ethnically diverse communities in Europe with a high prevalence of chronic disease and a strong clinical and academic infrastructure; we are in the best position to lead research to improve understanding and develop revolutionary new treatments for conditions such as heart disease, diabetes, respiratory and kidney disease.
“This is the biggest ever project for the University and now is absolutely the right time for us to be embarking on this development.”
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