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Last Updated: Wednesday, 23 January 2008, 14:43 GMT
Millionaire to fund heart nurse
Ann Gloag
Ann Gloag used to be a nurse and wanted to help
One of Britain's richest women is to fund a specialist nurse to help Dundee University scientists working to battle heart disease.

Stagecoach millionaire Ann Gloag has made a 100,000 donation to help finance the post at the Institute of Cardiovascular Research (TICR).

TICR is trying to raise 1m to employ two full-time nurses for at least the next 10 years.

The Perthshire businesswoman's donation means the first position can be filled.

Ms Gloag said: "I am delighted to fund this nursing post for the next three years, especially in such a world renowned institute.

"As a former nurse, I truly believe that nursing is the cornerstone of good patient care and this post will complement the great work being done by everyone at TICR."

'Important addition'

Professor Jill Belch, director of TICR, said: "This nurse will be working in vital areas such as prevention of heart attack, stroke and amputation, vascular disease in patients with diabetes and vascular disease in patients with rheumatoid arthritis, supporting the research we are doing here in Dundee."

Shobna Vasishta, the fundraising appeal chairman, added: "Nurses are crucial to patient comfort and care, and we very much appreciate this important addition to our team."

Scotland is at the top of the league in Western Europe for cardiovascular disease.

The scientists in the institute, based at Ninewells Hospital, are trying to reduce the burden in Tayside.

The TICR group was given a boost last year when Ms Gloag's brother Brian Souter donated 2.1m to purchase and run a new MRI scanner.

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