Construction has begun on a £50 million research centre focused on how the body repairs its tissues after injury
The University of Edinburgh’s Centre for Tissue Repair is being set up to discover new therapies for debilitating diseases of the brain, liver, lung and blood.
The Centre will bring together experts in stem cell biology, regenerative medicine and inflammation biology under one roof.
Researchers and clinicians will use the latest technology to investigate the mechanisms underlying tissue injury.
They hope to find new treatments to slow, stop or even reverse tissue damage. Areas of focus will include destruction of nerve cells in multiple sclerosis, damage to the liver caused by infections and diseases that affect the lungs.
The new building will be sited next to the Medical Research Council Centre for Regenerative Medicine at Edinburgh Bioquarter, Little France, and will be completed in Summer 2020.
The two centres will form the University’s Institute for Regeneration and Repair (IRR), a vibrant community of more than 600 scientists.
Funding has been received from the UK Government through the Research Partnership Infrastructure Fund and the Medical Research Council. Additional support has come from the University of Edinburgh and philanthropic donations.
Professor Stuart Forbes, Director of the Institute for Regeneration and Repair at the University of Edinburgh, said: “The Centre will build on Edinburgh’s long history of excellence in regenerative medicine research, which dates back to before Dolly the sheep. Bringing together world-leading experts onto one site, we hope to speed up the delivery of much-needed treatments for currently incurable disease.”
At the same time a new pedestrian link will be built to improve the current walking route between the north and south of Edinburgh BioQuarter, fostering better collaboration and links across the entire health and science campus.
Development of the new walkway has been funded by NHS Lothian, Scottish Enterprise and the University of Edinburgh
Hans Moller, Director, Edinburgh BioQuarter, said: “Our vision for Edinburgh BioQuarter is to have a network of paths and cycle routes which will bring better connections between researchers, clinicians, healthcare staff, commercial companies, patients and visitors. There are plans for a hotel, more cafés and a gym which will offer a welcoming space where people can meet.
“This is an exciting time and I’m delighted to see work starting on the Centre for Tissue Repair. Once it opens the Institute for Regeneration and Repair will boast one of the largest cohorts of stem cell scientists on one site in the world, which is quite remarkable. The development will bring many additional benefits to people here, especially in terms of collaboration opportunities, jobs and local community engagement.”
Edinburgh BioQuarter is a public sector collaboration between the City of Edinburgh Council, NHS Lothian, Scottish Enterprise and the University of Edinburgh. It is a health and science campus situated at Little France, which brings together young, growing, and established life science companies, the prestigious Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh, the world-renowned University of Edinburgh’s medical teaching school and many of its award-winning research institutes, including the Queen’s Medical Research Institute and the Anne Rowling Regenerative Neurology Clinic. Edinburgh BioQuarter promotes a collaborative and welcoming environment to ensure that industry, academia, researchers, scientists and the NHS work side-by-side.