Thursday, May 24, 2007

Um visitante (erhm..) especial - Science Minister visits King's

"The Minister of State for Science and Innovation, Malcolm Wicks MP, visited King's earlier today (24 May) for a briefing on some of the College's major biomedical research and commercialisation initiatives.The Minister(..) was briefed about the College's research strategy, in particular in the area of biomedicine. Academic partnership in all three categories of biomedical research centre coordinated by the Department of Health and the recent award of King's fifth MRC Centre were highlighted. These developments reflect ever closer working with our partner NHS Trusts. King's involvement in the Government's Global Medical Excellence Cluster was also discussed. This was announced by the Prime Minister in December 2006 and brings together the UK's leading universities, hospitals and pharmaceutical companies in a world-class collaboration.
The party visited the laboratories for Medical and Molecular Genetics* headed by Professor Ellen Solomon. These laboratories were opened in Autumn 2005 after a £9 million refurbishment funded by the Wellcome Trust and the Guy's and St. Thomas' Charity via the Government's Science Research Investment Fund (SRIF) which supports infrastructure and long-term sustainable research strategies. The laboratories, which include a microscopy suite and high throughput genomics facilities, provide a self-contained working environment for the study of complex disease genetics.

The Minister ended by talking about research funding and the Government's commitment to scientific innovation to enable the UK to compete on the world stage."

foto: A Eva com Malcolm Wicks.

* O meu departamento :)

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