Dundee University receives £12 million funding for its new biomedical centre

Dundee University receives £12 million funding for its new biomedical centreThe BBC has reported that Dundee University has been awarded nearly £12m towards the completion of a centre dedicated to translating research into cures for diseases.

The new centre is the Centre for Translational and Interdisciplinary Research (CITR) which aims to reduce the costs of bringing safe new drugs to market.

This extra funding will pay for the completion of a new centre and add 180 research jobs to the 1000-plus scientists, students and support staff already employed in the college of life sciences. It is estimated that the new CITR project will cost £38 million.

Professor Pete Downes, the university’s principal and vice-chancellor, said “It will help create world-class capability and infrastructure for interdisciplinary work bringing together basic science, drug discovery, health informatics and mathematics.  This is also, of course, a very notable boost to economic development of the life sciences sector within Scotland.”

 

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The London 2012 Olympic are the greenest ever

As reported by the BBC, The Independent Commission for a Sustainable London 2012, has announced that London 2012 has been the greenest Olympics ever.

The commission said that the recycling programmes and regeneration had been a success.

Sustainability was at the heart of London’s bid for the Olympics and the commission said organisers had largely succeeded in achieving it.  For example, the venues were told to be made of at least a quarter recycled materials which included using disused gas pipes in the Olympic Stadium.

The Olympic Park was also praised for regenerating a derelict area and benefiting wildlife

However the commission said much more could be done to minimise the impact of future Olympic Games on people and the planet.

 

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Olympic Team GB work with scientists on gene tests for injuries

As reported by the BBC, Scientists behind Olympic Team GB are working on genetic tests to understand why some athletes are prone to injury Scientists at the Institute for Human Health and Performance at University College London are currently researching how and why tendon injuries and stress fractures occur as they are common in elite athletes University College London’s Prof Hugh Montgomery says they have found a gene they think strongly influences the risk of stress fracture…….If we understood that genetic component we would have a much better understanding of the patho-physiology – the disease processes that let that happen” The study has been working with the English Institute of Sport (EIS), which aims to apply the latest in sports science and medicine for the benefit of Britain’s Olympic and Paralympic athletes. EIS’s Director of Sport Science, Dr Ken van Someren said “If we can identify some particular genes that are associated with a higher risk of injury in certain individuals, and we think we’re close, we can tailor the training, conditioning and preparation that we put those individuals through.”

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A Biorenewables Development Centre has opened in York

The BBC has reported that the Bio renewables Development Centre (BDC) a new facility designed to make the UK a world leader in green chemistry has opened at the University of York.

The Bio renewables Development Centre (BDC) hopes to bridge the gap between laboratories and the chemicals industry. This is essential as chemicals derived from plants are expected to play an important role in the future as oil supplies decline. The centre received £2.5m funding from the government.

The centre’s director, Joe Ross, said the facility aimed to help the industry make the transition from petroleum-based chemicals to renewable feedstocks. “At the University of York, we have had two centres – one based in biological sciences, the other in chemistry – that are doing a lot of R&D within what we call biorenewables, so using plants or microbes to make useful stuff……….over recent years, we have realised that we need to have a centre that allows us to scale-up that process. And the result is the BDC.”

 

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Wood Group PSN create 150 Aberdeen jobs

The BBC has reported that the energy company Wood Group is creating 150 jobs at its Production Services Network (PSN) division in Aberdeen.

The company is setting up a dedicated project delivery arm to the business, which they hope will help it secure and deliver large-scale North Sea projects.

Earlier this year, it was awarded a £250m contract from Premier Oil to deliver services to the Balmoral support vessel, which provides services for six oil fields.  WGPSN has taken on more than 1,000 new employees in the UK this year and currently Its UK-based onshore and offshore workforce now stands at more than 8,300.

WGPSN estimates the oil and gas project market worldwide to be worth nearly £100bn a year – of which about 30% involves brownfield projects.

 

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Norfolk Science Park expansion – create 5,000 Jobs

The BBC News reported that Norfolk Research Park has unveiled an expansion plan that could create 5,000 jobs.

Norwich Research Park currently specialises in biotechnology and biological research and encompasses the John Innes Centre, the Institute of Food Research and the University of East Anglia among others. Therefore they are looking to expand to the north and south of its current site in the west of the city.

The proposals could create 5,000 jobs in the next 10 to 15 years and make the already world-renowned science park a magnet for established, start-up and spin-off research companies.

The park’s project manager, Nick Goodwin, said the growth would enable it to “stand on the world stage”. The planning application for the work is due to be submitted in June.

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