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Plan for major heart study centre

Leicester has been chosen by the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) to house a new national cardiac study centre.

Altogether £5.5m will be spent on a unit which will be be based at the Glenfield Hospital.

More than 100 doctors and scientists will work at the new centre.

They will study the genetics and inheritance of heart disease and high blood pressure as well as working on developing new treatments.

Glenfield Hospital is already regarded as a leading international heart hospital.

The NIHR funding for the Cardiovascular Biomedical Research Unit (BRU) was secured by research teams from Leicester's hospitals and the University of Leicester.

David Wynford-Thomas, dean of the medical school at the University of Leicester, said: "The centre will allow our discoveries in the laboratories to move into the clinical research stage quicker and ultimately patients will benefit sooner."



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