Uni Receives PS1m towards Age Research; Foundation's PS1m Funding

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Byline: Helen Rae Health Reporter ? 0191 201 6269 ? helen.rae@ncjmedia.co.uk

ANORTH East university has been given a PS1m donation for medical research into ageing, human genetics and neurodegenerative disease.

The Barbour Foundation has awarded the money to Newcastle University, and it will be used to establish 19 research posts across the Faculty of Medical Sciences over the next five years.

Prof Chris Day, Pro-Vice Chancellor of the Faculty of Medical Sciences, said that it was one of the biggest single donations given to the medical school and would help encourage specialists to settle in the region.

He added: "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.

"It is allowing us to train young doctors and build the stars of the future. It is really exciting to get this amount of money."

Prof Day said The Barbour Foundation had understood the university's vision to further medical research by creating opportunities for bright scientists to develop their ideas in the area.

The projects that the university will take forward thanks to the funding will ultimately help scientists move closer to breakthroughs that will benefit patients here in the North East and further afield. …