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U of Edinburgh Awarded £25.7M for New Research Centers

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb) – The University of Edinburgh announced on Thursday it has received £25.7 million ($38.3 million) from the UK Research Partnership Investment Fund to build a biology research complex as well as found a new Centre for Tissue Repair.

The university said in a statement it will receive more than £50 million additional "double matching" funds from industry and philanthropic sources.

An award of £15 million will help to create a research complex focused on epigenetics, synthetic biology, and infection and global health. The new complex will provide laboratory space for 350 scientists.

The second investment of £10.7 million will bring together scientists studying inflammation, scarring, and tissue regeneration to create the Centre for Tissue Repair. The Centre will aim to provide a platform for investigating the mechanisms of tissue injury and develop imaging and sensing technologies to view and measure tissue regeneration in real time.

"The Centre for Tissue Repair will build on Edinburgh's world-leading expertise in regenerative medicine and inflammation to speed up the delivery of clinical therapies," said Charles ffrench-Constant, a professor at the University of Edinburgh and director of the MRC Centre for Regenerative Medicine.

In January, the University received £11.2 million from the UK to establish the Edinburgh Centre for Mammalian Synthetic Biology and launched the £15 million Scottish Genomes Partnership with the University of Glasgow.