£1m a year to attract top young researchers to Manchester - MIDAS

£1m a year to attract top young researchers to Manchester

17 June, 2008 – £1m a year to attract top young researchers to Manchester

Fourteen of the country’s most talented young scientists, doctors and nurses are being offered a major opportunity to carry out research work in Manchester, thanks to a £4 million investment by the Manchester Biomedical Research Centre (BRC).

The BRC has launched the new fellowship programme to help discover innovative ways of diagnosing and treating patients with a wide range of conditions, including heart disease, arthritis, depression and problems linked to pregnancy.

A million pounds a year will be invested over the next four years to fund salaries, facilities and other support for the researchers, who will work on 14 different research programmes. The programmes were selected from 37 applications made by senior researchers across the Central Manchester and Manchester Children’s University Hospitals NHS Trust and the University of Manchester, which together run the BRC.

“This is a very exciting project which will attract some of the brightest and best young researchers to Manchester,” said Professor Peter Clayton, Associate Director for Training and Education at the BRC.

“They will have the chance to pursue leading edge research in their specialist field, backed up by training, guidance and support from a senior researcher at the University or Trust. It’s a fantastic opportunity, and we expect there to be keen competition for the 14 fellowships. Ultimately, the young talent of today will become the future leaders of their professions.”

The areas covered by the research programmes include heart failure, rheumatoid arthritis, pernicious anaemia, the effect of septic shock on the major organs, depression and sight problems caused by diabetes. Fellows will also work on projects to identify the causes of brain malformation in babies, plus ways to reduce the number of women – including drug users – who experience serious pregnancy complications.

The fellowships are being advertised nationally, with a closing date of 7th July, and the researchers will take up their posts from September. More information is available at http://www.manchesterbrc.org/index.php

Source: Univeristy of Manchester

Link: http://www.manchester.ac.uk

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