18 August 2011
Joint NHS and University research awarded £11.5 million
University Hospitals Bristol NHS Foundation Trust (UH Bristol)
and the University of Bristol have been awarded £11.5 million in
funding for research into cardiovascular disease and nutrition,
diet and lifestyle.
The funds were awarded by the National Institute for Health
Research (NIHR) for two Biomedical Research Units (BRU) to develop
and translate new scientific discoveries into ground-breaking
medicines, treatments and better care for NHS patients.
Robert Woolley, Chief Executive of University Hospitals Bristol
NHS Foundation Trust, said: "I am absolutely delighted that two
areas of joint research between University Hospitals Bristol NHS
Foundation Trust and the University of Bristol have been recognised
in this way. Research and the development of new ways of treating
and caring for patients are a central plank of what we do. Our
research into cardiovascular disease and nutrition, diet and
lifestyle will undoubtedly benefit patients in the future."
Professor David Wynick, Director of Research for University
Hospitals Bristol NHS Foundation Trust and North Bristol NHS Trust,
said: "This is a fantastic demonstration of the quality of the
science undertaken at University Hospitals Bristol NHS Foundation
Trust and the University of Bristol and is a very welcome award
which will directly benefit patients in the future."
In 2008 UH Bristol and the University of Bristol were awarded
funding by the NIHR to set up the Bristol Biomedical Research Unit
in Cardiovascular Disease situated in the Bristol Heart Institute.
This designation has now been renewed and further funding
Professor Gianni Angelini, Director of the Bristol
Cardiovascular BRU and British Heart Foundation Chair of Cardiac
Surgery at the University of Bristol said: "The award of the NIHR
BRU has created a state-of-the-art facility inspiring collaboration
between scientists and clinicians to translate new research
insights into benefits for patients. We can now perform
internationally competitive research and at the same time train the
next generation of cardiovascular scientists and clinicians."
The BRU enables some of the best health researchers and
clinicians to work together. Studies are currently being conducted
in a broad range of areas such as heart disease affecting children,
research into stem cell and platelet function as well as
The new BRU conducting research into nutrition, diet and
lifestyle will be based in the University of Bristol Dental
"The overall aim of the new research unit is to translate
knowledge derived from our work on causal associations in
nutrition, drawn from population and clinical studies, to develop
interventions to improve the health of people with conditions
related to, or compromised by, poor or sub-optimal nutrition," said
Professor Andy Ness who will be the Director of the new BRU.
Its aims are to optimise nutrition to improve the health of
children with chronic disorders, develop nutritional and lifestyle
interventions in men with prostate cancer, optimise the nutrition
of people undergoing surgery or other major hospital treatment,
develop interventions to reduce sedentary time in people with type
II diabetes, identify further interventions for patients and to
provide training in nutritional research methods for clinicians and
non-clinical scientists to strengthen future clinical research in
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