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Medical research boosted by major North East company


Young researchers and scientists will be pushing the frontiers of research into ageing, human genetics and neurodegenerative disease at Newcastle University with the help of a £1m donation from the Barbour Foundation. 

Professor Chris Day, Pro-Vice-Chancellor of the Faculty of Medical Sciences said; “This donation makes a huge difference in our ability to carry out research in disease areas where Newcastle has been strong for many years.

“We will be able to support young career scientists in some of the cutting-edge areas of research which can really make a difference to the healthcare we can provide in the future.

“This is wonderful news and really celebrates the import and life-changing work that our research teams are involved in.”

The donation will establish 19 research posts across the University’s Faculty of Medical Sciences over the next five years. 

Professor Day said: “The Barbour Foundation has identified with our vision to further medical research by creating opportunities for bright scientists to develop their ideas here at Newcastle University. 

“The projects they will take forward will look at the basic mechanism of specific diseases and will ultimately help us move closer to breakthroughs that will benefit patients here in the region and across the world. We must continue to provide opportunities for younger researchers to explore new treatments for diseases such as dementia, cancer and stroke.”

Chairman of The Barbour Foundation, Dame Margaret Barbour said: “The Barbour Foundation was set up to help support organisations and charities in the North East and I am delighted to make this donation to Newcastle University’s Faculty of Medical Sciences.  One of the greatest challenges we all face is living healthy, longer lives and I have been impressed with the inspiring work carried out in the Faculty of Medical Sciences to help us all achieve that.  Our donation will enable the next generation of researchers to take their work forward and to improve healthcare not only here in the North East but across the world.”

published on: 20 December 2012