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New research facilities open to help the fight against lung disease

Glenfield Hospital staff present their new bronchoscopy facilities.

New research facilities open to help the fight against lung disease

Boost to respiratory science researchers at The Glenfield Hospital and University of Leicester

Issued on 27 August 2010

A state-of-the-art Bronchoscopy facility and newly refurbished Respiratory Science laboratories are to be officially opened at The Glenfield Hospital by the Vice-Chancellor of the University of Leicester, Professor Sir Robert Burgess, on Wednesday 1st September at 12noon.

The Bronchoscopy Suite takes samples from the lungs of volunteers with asthma or Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD), while they are undergoing tests for various conditions.

These samples will then be used in the world-renowned research carried out in the University of Leicester’s Respiratory Science laboratories.

Andrew Wardlaw, Professor of Allergy and Respiratory Medicine at the University of Leicester, commented: “This refurbishment and new bronchoscopy room is a tremendous boost for Respiratory Research in the East Midlands and we are very grateful to the Wolfson Foundation and the European Regional Development Fund for their support.

With the improvement in our facilities we have greatly increased our capacity for doing research on patients which we hope will lead to new and effective treatments for respiratory disease.”

The opening of the Bronchoscopy Suite and the Respiratory Science laboratories will take place during a one-day event when healthcare and medical experts gather at The Glenfield Hospital, Leicester for the inaugural meeting of the Respiratory Science Collaboration (RSC) – East Midlands.

The day’s activities, including a Special Interest Group Meeting organised by the Healthcare and Bioscience iNet together with the Universities of Leicester and Nottingham, will bring businesses with an interest in respiratory medicine together with academic and clinical experts in the field, and is part of the RSC initiative.

Both Professor Andrew Wardlaw and Professor Alan Knox, of the Division of Respiratory Medicine at the University of Nottingham will be speaking during the course of the day.

The RSC is part-financed by the European Regional Development Fund through East Midlands Development Agency, the Wolfson Foundation and the Universities of Leicester and Nottingham.

left to right: Professor Andrew Wardlaw, Andrew Morgan, Professor Sir Robert Burgess, Professor Ian Hall, Mr Simon Fourmy.

Left to right: Professor Andrew Wardlaw, Professor of Allergy and Respiratory Medicine, University of Leicsester; Andrew Morgan, East Midlands Development Agency; Professor Sir Robert Burgess, Vice-Chancellor, University of Leicester; Professor Ian Hall, Dean of the University of Nottingham Medical School; Mr Simon Fourmy, Grants Manager, The Wolfson Foundation.

Notes to Editors: Further details of the opening of the Bronchoscopy Suite and the Respiratory Science Laboratories at The Glendfield Hospital are available from Dr Michelle Muessel, Project Manager of the Respiratory Science Collaboration – East Midlands, Email: mm269@le.ac.uk, Tel: 0116 250 2704.

The Healthcare and Bioscience iNet helps people in the sector, particularly in East Midlands’ businesses and universities, to develop new technologies, processes, products and services in order to build a healthy economy

Innovation is a key strategic priority for East Midlands Development Agency (emda). Four sector specific Innovation Networks (iNets), including Healthcare and Bioscience, have been established to help turn innovative ideas in to business opportunities.

The iNet concept was developed by emda and East Midlands Innovation (the Regional Science and Industry Council) to bring together businesses, colleges, universities, public sector representatives and individuals with a shared interest in a market or the tecnology that underpins it.

A key aim of iNet is to provide a sector-specific focus that enables organisations to exchange knowledge and form collaborations to exploit new ideas.

The Healthcare and Bioscience iNet is based at BioCity in Nottingham, a renowned life science industry centre of excellence but it covers the whole region.

About ERDF nationally

The ERDF Programme aims to strengthen economic and social cohesion in the European Union by supporting regional economic development.

The ERDF objectives for England are:

  • Promoting innovation and knowledge transfer
  • Stimulating enterprise and supporting successful business
  • Ensuring sustainable development, production and consumption
  • Building sustainable communities
  • Improving accessibility and connectivity (for Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly only – as part of their Convergence Programme).

A Programme Monitoring Committee consisting of regional stakeholders such as Government Offices, RDAs, Regional Assemblies, Local Authorities, Sub-regional Partnerships, Higher Education Institutions, Trade Unions, and the private and voluntary sectors will monitor and oversee programme implementation in each region.

For more information on ERDF funding generally, please visit www.communities.gov.uk/citiesandregions/european or http://ec.europa.eu/regional_policy/funds/feder/index_en.htm

About ERDF in the East Midlands

The East Midlands is eligible for €268.5m (approximately £236m at current exchange rates) between 2007 and 2013, which when combined with match funding, provides a programme value of approximately £472m – a significant investment in the economic development of the region.

The East Midlands qualifies as a competitiveness and employment region under the EU’s Cohesion Policy, which aims to meet the EU Lisbon objective to become ‘the most competitive and dynamic knowledge based economy in the world, capable of sustainable economic growth with more and better jobs and greater social inclusion.’

East Midlands Development Agency (emda) is responsible for the programme management and delivery of the region’s 2007-13 ERDF Competitiveness Programme. The responsibility for ERDF programme management was transferred from the Government Office for the East Midlands (GOEM) to emda following a decision by the UK Government to seek greater alignment between ERDF and regional strategies and funding streams. The 2007-13 ERDF Programme is therefore set firmly within the framework of the Regional Economic Strategy.

A Programme Monitoring Committee, chaired by the Regional Director of Government Office for the East Midlands (GOEM), guides the strategic direction of the programme and works closely with emda.

To find out more about ERDF, the region’s strategy for delivering the funds, how to apply for funding and how the programme is managed, please visit www.eastmidlandserdf.org.uk

About emda

East Midlands Development Agency (emda) is one of nine Regional Development Agencies in England, set up in 1999 to bring a regional focus to economic development.

Ten years on, independent evaluation shows emda has:

• Had a significant impact on the region’s economy

• Generated economic benefits that substantially outweigh its overall costs

• Put back over £9 of economic output (or GVA) into the regional economy for every £1 it spends

• Produced more than £1 billion in economic benefits per year

• A wider impact on people, places and businesses in the East Midlands that cannot be captured by figures alone.

emda is committed to supporting the region through the current downturn and has put in place a range of measures to provide real help during these challenging times.

Over the long term, emda’s aim is to deliver the 2006 Regional Economic Strategy (RES) by working in partnership with public, private and voluntary organisations. The RES highlights the themes of productivity, sustainability and equality and sets out key priorities until 2020 to ensure the vision for ‘a flourishing region’ can be achieved.

For more details visit www.emda.org.uk

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