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Centres of research excellence

13th December 2006

A total of 11 new Biomedical Research Centres of excellence are to be set up across England.

The centres, within England's leading NHS-University partnerships, will aim to bring research out of the laboratory and into hospital to ensure patients receive the latest treatments and techniques as quickly as possible.

The new centres will ensure that the UK stays at the top of the international league table for Biomedical Research.

The centres chosen - in London, Oxford, Cambridge, Liverpool and Newcastle - will now share more than £450m over the next five years for research into a range of conditions from major killers such as cancer and heart disease, to asthma, blindness and the specific health needs of children and older people.

Health secretary Patricia Hewitt said the centres were part of government efforts to create a world-class health research system.

Centres not chosen for funding will be supported by the Government to develop successful proposals for funding in the future in line with the recommendations of the Cooksey Report.

Since 1997, the NHS Research and Development has spent £4.8bn on research to promote high quality evidence in support of health and healthcare, policy makers, professionals and the public.

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