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Last Updated: Friday, 21 September 2007, 09:16 GMT 10:16 UK
Stem cell research centre opens
Scientists will research new treatments for patients
A new 25m centre dedicated to stem cell research is opening in Nottingham.

The Wolfson Centre for Stem Cells, Tissue Engineering and Modelling (Stem) will be located on the University of Nottingham campus.

Stem will bring together more than 70 researchers and serve as the venue for the world's first taught masters course in stem cell technology.

Directors said the centre's work would focus on producing bone, brain and heart tissues for treating patients.

Patient benefits

Stem's director Professor Lorraine Young said: "Stem will provide a single location for stem cell biologists, engineers, mathematicians and clinicians to collaborate on the pure science that is the foundation of stem cell research and the translation into clinical benefits.

"Our strong links with industrial partners and the NHS will ensure that our developments can bring future benefits to patients."

A conference is being held in Nottingham to mark the official opening of the Stem centre on Friday.

Funding for Stem has come from a number of sources including the Wolfson Foundation, the Medical Research Council and the Wellcome Trust.

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