City’s medical researchers given over £3m to improve NHS clinical care

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MORE than £3m is set to be ploughed into medical research in Sheffield, it was announced yesterday.

The Government announced yesterday that £3.1m would be put into the NHS clinical research to develop new treatments to benefit patients across Yorkshire and the Humber and beyond.

Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, in partnership with Sheffield University of Sheffield, will use the funding from the National Institute for Health Research to support experimental medicine studies, investigating diseases and potential new drugs and treatments at two sites at the Royal Hallamshire and Northern General Hospitals.

Sheffield was one of only 19 research centres chosen across the UK to benefit from the funding.

The research will explore new treatments in areas such as motor neurone disease, Parkinson’s disease, stroke and meningitis.

Dr Chris Newman, director of the Sheffield Clinical Research Facility said he was “delighted” by the funding and added: “This represents a significant step forward in clinical research in Sheffield, and will lead to many improvements in treatment and care for patients.

“We have some of Europe’s leading researchers here in the city and funding such as this is vital.”