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NEW HOME FOR SCIENCE RESEARCH; Building starts on multimillion pound medical centre.

Byline: Cara Simpson

WORK has begun on a multimillion pound building in Coventry where scientists will carry out groundbreaking cell development research.

Warwick University's Centre for Mechanochemical Cell Biology (CMCB), based at the Warwick Medical School (WMS), will focus on the basic science of cells and molecular systems.

Discoveries made will be used to help develop new treatments for a range of conditions. The new facilities are being built to commemorate Warwick Medical School's tenth anniversary and has been mostly funded by the University of Warwick, which provided pounds 3.4million.

The Wolfson Foundation gave pounds 1million in funding and Advantage West Midlands, via the Science City Research Alliance's Translational Medicine Project, donated pounds 1.9million.

The new building will initially be home to four research teams led by centre director Professor Rob Cross, Dr Andrew McAinsh, Dr Anne Straube and Dr Nick Carter. The teams were formerly part of the Marie Curie Research Institute.

Warwick University vice-chancellor Professor Nigel Thrift said: "We are delighted to be commencing building works in this, the tenth anniversary year of WMS.

"The Medical School has gone from strength to strength over the last decade and this new facility is a testament to the hard work of our staff to continue to strive to push the boundaries of clinical research."

The Science City Research Alliance Translational Medicine project is part of a larger investment by Advantage West Midlands and the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) in the research infrastructure of the West Midlands.

Director of the new CMCB Professor Rob Cross said: "Over the last year, Warwick has encouraged CMCB scientists to work closely with the building design team. What has emerged is a unique, state-of-the art customised environment for research into the machinery of living cells - defects in which are important in cancer and in reproductive, neurological and cardiovascular disease."

BREAKING GROUND: Witnessing the start of work on the new facility are (left to right) Director of the Science City Research Alliance Professor Pam Thomas, Director of the Centre for Mechanochemical Cell Biology Professor Rob Cross, Birmingham Science City Vice-Chairman Gren Messham, University of Warwick Vice-Chancellor Professor Nigel Thrift, Professor John Davey from Warwick Medical School and Professor Sudhesh Kumar and Pro-Dean Research at Warwick Medical School
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Publication:Coventry Evening Telegraph (England)
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Date:Oct 22, 2010
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