Research funding boost delivers cutting-edge technologies to Wessex

30/06/23

New equipment and technologies will increase health research across the Wessex region, following a major funding boost.

Over £1.7m is being invested in Wessex by the National Institute for Health and Care Research (NIHR).

The funding is part of £96 million awarded to NHS organisations across England.

The new equipment and technology will help find new ways to prevent and treat diseases.

Improving research delivery

This latest investment will support research within a new NIHR Wessex Experimental Medicine Network.

The equipment it provides will improve access to cutting-edge clinical trials for patients. This includes vaccine trials across Hampshire, Dorset and the Isle of Wight.

The 93 organisations awarded funding across the UK are all part of the NIHR’s wider infrastructure. This includes Biomedical Research Centres (BRCs) and Clinical Research Facilities (CRFs), as well as the NIHR’s Clinical Research Network.

Dr Karen Underwood, Director of Research & Development at University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust, said:

“We are delighted that Wessex has secured funding for new state-of-the-art equipment.

“It will enable more people from across the region to take part in research supported by our NIHR-funded centres and facilities.

“We look forward to working with regional partners to deliver on this great opportunity.”

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