Barts and uni join forces in major public health project
Two major east London institutions have unveiled plans for a new centre for Life Sciences in Whitechapel drawing together academic and healthcare talent.
Queen Mary University Of London and Barts Health NHS Trust will call on expertise in areas such as cancer, heart disease and diabetes.
QMUL president and principal Professor Simon Gaskell said: “We have an extraordinary opportunity to work with BH and other partners to take new capabilities in the life sciences and convert them into tangible benefits for our communities and well beyond.”
Alwen Williams, chief executive of Barts Health, said: “The size and diversity of our population means we can effectively run global clinical trials locally. We have many of the world’s population groups on our doorstep, in sufficient numbers to provide an unrivalled store of health information.
QMUL will build the centre on land it will buy from the health trust. The development space will feature laboratories, offices and meeting spaces, while joint development will cover clinical practice as well as homes for key workers and students.