Building on an established foundation of research excellence, the new Bangor Institute for Health and Medical Research (BIHMR) will facilitate more interdisciplinary research that spans discovery in the laboratory through to research that solves complex health problems in the real world.
In this way, BIHMR will contribute to improvements in local health and healthcare, as well as making an impact across Wales, the United Kingdom and internationally.
The University’s Vice-Chancellor, Professor John G Hughes opened the event and was joined by several prominent figures including the Welsh Government’s Chief Scientific Advisor, Professor Julie Williams, CBE and Chief Medical Officer, Dr Ruth Hussey, OBE.
Prof Clare Wilkinson, BIHMR lead said: “This is a very exciting time to be involved in health and medical research. BIHMR will draw together existing excellent groups, and also provide a mechanism to attract additional research funding in the future. But for me the most important part of this initiative is the real world impact on the lives of patients across the UK and beyond. We already have numerous examples of research from Bangor changing practice in a wide variety of health settings; this will enable us to reach further and wider than ever before.”
To sustain and grow excellence in health and medical research, BIHMR will provide a focus around which a critical mass of academics from across different scientific and professional disciplines can form new collaborations. It will provide more opportunities for interdisciplinary working in clinical and applied research, and give Bangor and Wales a higher profile in this important area. Working closely with Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board, BIHMR will contribute to a strong NHS research environment in north Wales, with particular concentration on areas of excellence, for example in dementia, cancer and rehabilitation, and areas where Bangor teams have developed new methods for doing top quality research.