This state-of-the-art facility will have a transformative effect on the medical landscape within the region while enhancing the impact of the University’s research, both locally and internationally. It will enhance synergies, derived from collaborative working between researchers and clinicians, to attract national and global research expertise.
Ultimately, this critical development will drive advances in a number of life-threatening conditions, many of which have no cure or effective treatment, including brain tumours, dementia, Parkinson’s disease, Huntington’s disease, Ebola, and Bovine Tuberculosis.
The facility will augment what is fast becoming a hub of world-class expertise for health and medicine, sitting alongside Derriford Hospital, medical companies, the Peninsula Clinical Trials Unit and the NIHR Peninsula Clinical Research Network.
The future of medical research in the region gives us cause for optimism: we will find ways to improve the lives of the communities we serve and the people who are affected by serious diseases around the world.
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Thousands affected by devastating diseases
Every day, people are diagnosed with diseases that have no cure, such as brain tumours, dementia, and Parkinson’s disease. The need for more research is underpinned by some harsh statistics. Currently, there are 850,000 people with dementia in the UK, with this figure set to rise to one million by 2025. While the figure is lower for Parkinson’s disease; around 127,000 people, another person is diagnosed every hour.
Brain tumours are the biggest cancer killer of children and the under-40 with brain cancer deaths rising; unlike other forms of cancers. In the South West, we have the highest rate of brain tumours per million people in England.
Plymouth University has a growing body of world-leading scientists undertaking cutting-edge research in health and medicine. However, their current dispersion across three sites impacts their collaborative efficiency and access to equipment.
Accelerating research towards a cure
This facility will house our expertise and world-leading research which brings us ever-closer to finding treatments, cures, and vaccines against some of the biggest health issues faced today.
Due for completion in July 2017, the facility is purposefully placed between our existing Plymouth University Peninsula Schools of Medicine and Dentistry, and Derriford Hospital. This close proximity will promote powerful collaborations between our research teams, clinicians, and the pharmaceutical and biotech industries to accelerate progress from 'bench to bedside and back'.
With extra teaching space and dedicated laboratories with high-end technology our research teams can grow and establish a hub of world-class expertise for health and medicine.
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Building on our strengths
Our research-intensive environment already houses leading talent from around the globe. Professor Oliver Hanemann leads in brain tumour research and we house one of only four Brain Tumour Research Centres of Excellence in the UK.
We've made significant headway in the areas of Alzheimer’s, oral cancer, Ebola, and bovine tuberculosis, ranking us 1st in the UK for Research Output in Clinical Medicine.
We will attract some of the greatest minds in medicine to Plymouth; both students and researchers alike. Our collaborations and networks will be far reaching and draw the attention of prominent commercial partners.
These relationships will fast-track the translation of research into clinical trials - from 'bench to bedside and back' for the benefit of patients, their families, and for a healthier society.
Key research theme: infection, immunity and inflammation
Within our research theme of infection, immunity and inflammation is the research into antibiotics.
Antibiotic resistance is an increasing concern that affects everybody and is stated as being as big a threat to global health as climate change.
Antibiotic resistance: scientists and clinicians working together
Press office news
- Medical Research Council funds development of new strategies to treat and prevent Hepatitis C virus infection 13 January 2017
- China collaboration emphasises growing international reputation for Plymouth dental school 6 January 2017
- Brain Tumour Research Christmas tree campaign offers hope 15 December 2016
- Funding to support investigation in to new treatments for malnourished children 15 December 2016
- Could co-infection with other viruses detrimentally affect the survival of those with Ebola virus? 13 December 2016