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City patients to gain from health science centre; Minister's vision of 'research powerhouse'.

Byline: By Fiona Scott, POLITICAL EDITOR

A NEW academic health sciences centre is to be created at Warwick University in Coventry - the first in the West Midlands.

Patients across Coventry and Warwickshire will benefit as the centre will promote medical research across the area.

Promising innovations in medical research will be spread out to GPs, physiotherapists and other health professionals more quickly.

West Midlands minister Liam Byrne believes it will be a "powerhouse" bringing future prosperity to the region.

He said: "We can create in the West Midlands one of the world's largest and best international centres for the training of health professionals to work in health systems across the world."

He will announce that three such centres are to be created when he visits Warwick University campus on Monday. The other two will be at Keele and somewhere in Birmingham or the Black Country.

Coventry's will be first - and will include state-of-the-art pounds 1 million facilities at University Hospital at Walsgrave.

These will belong to the university but be at the hospital and will include a new anatomy laboratory and clinical skills centre for training.

Undergraduate medical students currently have to go to Leicester to study anatomy.

Mr Byrne said: "The West Midlands needs science to create the jobs of the future. I believe our universities and hospitals could come together in research powerhouses, driving new cures, saving lives and creating jobs.

"Last year I asked the NHS and our universities to tell me how we could do it. Today they have delivered plans to rival the best research centres anywhere in the world."

Professor Yvonne Carter, Dean of the medical school and pro-vice-chancellor for regional engagement, said: "Not only will patients benefit from better services and access to state-of-the-art treatments, but it will focus international attention on this region as a centre of excellence for medical research, education and training."

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