Plymouth University invests £25m in medical research

Plymouth University has stepped up its commitment to medical research by investing £25 million into building a new facility.

Officials from the higher education centre unveiled plans for a new medicine institute as well as recruiting around 20 leading researchers to come and work at the state-of-the-art building.

Staff will work closely with hospitals across the region, including Derriford, and focus on research linked to developing treatments for a host of common and deadly conditions.

Plymouth University currently has 28,925 students with 632 undertaking degrees in medicine and dentistry at the centre's health facilities.

Peter Burroughs, acting chairman of Plymouth Hospitals NHS, said: "We are excited about the opportunities that this investment will bring, especially with the development of clinical research within Plymouth Hospitals."

The investment has been championed by health authorities across the area and it is combined with a £10 million project to build new student accommodation around the university campus.

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