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Princess opens medical facilities
HRH the Princess Royal
The Princess Royal visited Glasgow to open the centres
The Princess Royal has opened two new medical research centres in Glasgow that "will alter the face of Scottish health for generations".

A new 12m centre, funded by the British Heart Foundation and 1,200 donors, will target heart disease.

The "world-class facility" will study the causes of cardiovascular disease and research prevention and treatment.

The Princess Royal also opened a biomedical research centre tackling diseases like asthma and arthritis.

Both centres are based within the University of Glasgow in the west end.

'Significant contribution'

The Glasgow Cardiovascular Research Centre was funded by 5m from the BHF.

About 1,200 donors met the remaining 7m.

Professor Peter Weissberg, medical director of the BHF, said: "It is very fitting that Glasgow should be focusing so much attention on heart disease since people in the west of Scotland suffer more heart attacks than anyone else in the UK."

HRH the Princess Royal also opened the Glasgow Biomedical Research Centre Sir Graeme Davies Building.

The new 17m facility brings together more than 40 biomedical research groups.

Sir Muir Russell, principal of the University of Glasgow, said: "These two new centres, providing the link between research in the lab to treatment in the ward, will make a significant and international contribution to cardiovascular and biomedical research."

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