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Queen Mary University gets £6m Bart’s Charity cash to expand its London School of Medicine research

PUBLISHED: 19:00 03 December 2018 | UPDATED: 12:59 04 December 2018

Research lab expansion planned at London School of Medicine and Dentistry. Picture: QMUL

Research lab expansion planned at London School of Medicine and Dentistry. Picture: QMUL

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Up to 100 new scientists and medical researchers are being appointed in the next four years with £6.5 million charity funding given to Queen Mary University.

Queen Mary's Charterhouse Square campus where new research labs are planned. Picture: QMULQueen Mary's Charterhouse Square campus where new research labs are planned. Picture: QMUL

The cash is being used to transform the university’s School of Medicine and Dentistry into a state-of-the-art teaching and research centre.

New laboratories will specialise in surgical skills, cell culture, tissue bank with archive facilities and microscopy research, with the expansion to include a new biorepository with a 57,000-litre storage capacity.

The funding is earmarked for research laboratories to be equipped to help shape the future of research, Queen Mary vice principal Prof Steve Thornton explained.

100 new science and research posts being created at Queen Mary's with cash from Bart's Charity. Picture: QMUL100 new science and research posts being created at Queen Mary's with cash from Bart's Charity. Picture: QMUL

The school has had other funding for cancer and cardiovascular research at its Whitechapel and Charterhouse Square campuses which is attracted internationally recognised scientists to east London.

But the space to work was getting tight. So the Bart’s charity organisation’s grant is to expand the space for 100 new appointments up to 2022, with high-spec facilities for a new generation of scientists in medical technology and computer modelling.

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