£68m research centre set to open

Published: 09 September 2019

A data-focused research institute is set to open in the Capital after securing £49m of funding through the Edinburgh and Region City Deal - focusing on "prevention, diagnosis and management" of medical conditions.

Edinburgh University's Usher Institute, is set to open in February 2023 at the Bioquater next to the Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh - with a price tag of £68m.

This new centre, backed by £48.5 million funding from the UK Government, will harness the power of data in a secure and ethical way...

Alister Jack, Scottish Secretary, The UK Government


Colan Mehaffey, chief operating officer for the health and social care sector of the Data Driven Innovation (DDI) programme at the Usher Institute, said: "Through the Usher Institute, over the lifetime of the programme, we will engage and train over 20,000 students and health and social care professionals in the application of data." 

Professor Aziz Sheikh, director of the Usher Institute at the University of Edinburgh, said: “Our vision is to create a world-leading innovation hub where public, private and third sectors collaborate."

Depute leader of the city council, Cllr Cammy Day, welcomed the approval. He said: "Over £750m is allocated as part of the City Deal and the Usher Institute is going to be one of the first projects we see in the city..."

Full story via The Edinburgh Evening news



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