Health research for Hertfordshire

A new multi-million pound health research facility has opened at the University of Hertfordshire.

The centre will carry out work in high priority NHS areas such as primary care, chronic conditions and cancer.

It will also include the latest medical simulation technology, including advanced mannequins called SimMan and SimBaby.

The facility has been designed to resemble a ‘flight simulator’ allowing medical staff to train in what feels like a real medical environment, said Dr Barry Hunt, dean of the faculty of health at Hertfordshire.

Among the first projects underway at the new centre will be research into drug delivery for fungal infections and a study of the experience of dementia sufferers.

The four-storey building on the university’s Hatfield site was opened by science and innovation minister Ian Pearson. The government contributed £1.7m towards the cost of the facility from its Science Research Infrastructure Fund, which supports major university projects.