Postgraduate Medical Education Centre Exeter

A newly-built £27.5million health education and research centre in Exeter has officially opened, putting it at the ‘front of worldwide healthcare innovation’.

The state-of-the-art Research, Innovation, Learning and Development (RILD) building was formed after a partnership between the University of Exeter Medical School and the Royal Devon and Exeter NHS Foundation.

The innovative building has already been nominated in two categories in the Western Morning News Property Awards as Building of the Year and Project of the Year with a value over £5million.

The University of Exeter has said the building will streamline the medical research process with patient studies, laboratory studies and education of health care professionals of new finding all occurring within a single setting.

It said it will also provide a forum for students, researchers and clinicians to come together and ensure that medical research is relevant for the needs of the NHS.

Professor Angela Shore, head of research at the University of Exeter Medical School, said: “We are absolutely delighted that this stunning new building is enhancing our work to ensure clinical science is focussed on where it is most needed within healthcare.

“Our close partnership with the RD&E means that in many cases, clinicians are directly involved in research and this means our breakthroughs will have direct impact on patients in the South West and across the globe.”

The new facility, on Barrack Road, was part-funded by the Wellcome Trust and the Wolfson Foundation and is connected to the medical school’s existing building

It encompasses the Postgraduate Education Centre, the Wellcome Wolfson Medical Research Centre and the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Exeter Clinical Research Facility.

Professor Andrew Hattersley, who will head up one of the University of Exeter Medical School research teams in the new building, as well being research and development director for the RD&E, said: “These new facilities are a real asset to Exeter: they will greatly improve the research we can do and will help attract top research scientists to Exeter.

“My area of expertise is diabetes: this new centre means we can design and carry out studies on patients with diabetes, test samples from them in state of the art scientific analysers and communicate results to our clinical colleagues, all in the same building.

“It puts Exeter right at the front of healthcare innovation world-wide.”

Part of the top quality research provision in the new building will be the NIHR Exeter Clinical Research Facility, which has been set up to understand the mechanisms of disease and treatment by studying patients.

One study, called the Exeter 10, 000 Project, involves collecting information and samples from 10, 000 volunteers.

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