Healthcare facility

BristolUniversity and United Bristol Healthcare Trust (UBHT) are to establish a new Clinical Research and Imaging Centre (CRIC) at St Michael’s Hospital. The £6.6m centre is to be jointly funded by the university, UBHT and a £1.5m award from the Wolfson Foundation.

It will cover an area of approximately 1,100 square metres and include a magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scanner, a two-room sleep laboratory for adults and children and a clinical-investigation suite (CSI) for adults and children.

The MRI scanner will be used in a wide range of biomedical research, including cardiovascular investigations, the use of stem cells in heart repair and new cardiac surgery procedures.

The sleep laboratory will facilitate research into the links between sleep disorders and obesity in children, as well as the links between sleep disturbances, mood disorder and addiction in adults. This project will be led by Professor Peter Fleming whose findings on cot deaths is estimated to have prevented 100,000 infant deaths worldwide.

The clinical-investigation suite will be used to measure hormone levels in blood and tissue. Researchers hope that this will have major implications for the diagnosis of endocrinal disorders.

Researchers will also have access to accommodation, computational facilities, a laboratory and offices. The creation of the centre is expected to generate at least 16 new jobs and will be open in 2009.