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Charity donates £7.6m for centre


One of the country’s leading heart charities is teaming up with a university and donating £7.6m to establish a new centre of research excellence.

The British Heart Foundation (BHF) will provide the cash over the next six years in order to set up the centre at the University of Edinburgh.

Research at the Edinburgh centre will focus on a range of areas, including taking a leading role in international drugs trials.
Professor Peter Weissberg, medical director at the BHF, said: “Many of the advances in the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of cardiovascular disease available today are the result of past research undertaken in the UK.”

They will also look at understanding the underlying causes of metabolic disease, links between the brain and the cardiovascular system, and factors that may affect a developing foetus.

Professor John Mullins, director of the Centre for Cardiovascular Science at Edinburgh University, said: “The funding will provide a major boost to our cutting-edge research.

“This award will also assist us in training the next generation of outstanding cardiovascular researchers as well as capitalising on major national and international collaborations.”

The money is part of a £34m investment by the charity to establish four such centres across Britain.

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