A new front in the fight against cystic fibrosis (CF) was announced by the Cystic Fibrosis Trust today with the unveiling of a multi-million-pound research partnership with the University of Cambridge to create the first UK Cystic Fibrosis Innovation Hub, a world-class CF research facility centred in Cambridge but networked with collaborating centres across the UK.
Innovation hubs are an exciting new element for the Trust’s portfolio of world-class research that seeks to create high-level partnerships with academic institutions while supporting research across the UK and Ireland.
The first Hub, announced by David Ramsden (Chief Executive of the Cystic Fibrosis Trust) at the UK Cystic Fibrosis Conference, will focus on delivering transformational new treatments for bacterial infections, chronic inflammation, and lung repair for people with cystic fibrosis.
It will also support CF research across the UK by creating a number of national collaborative networks in key research areas, providing resources, funding, and training for researchers in other centres.
The Trust is committed to raising £5 million over five years for the Hub, which the University of Cambridge has already matched.
Speaking at the conference, David Ramsden said: “Forming this partnership now will ensure a central focus for world-class cystic fibrosis research within the University of Cambridge and provide a step change in CF research across the country.”
Professor Ken Smith, Head of the Department of Medicine at the University of Cambridge said: “The University of Cambridge is excited to develop this strategic partnership with the Cystic Fibrosis Trust and looks forward to using the Innovation Hub to advance research for the benefit of all people with cystic fibrosis.”
The Hub forms a crucial element of a diverse portfolio of research for the Trust, which includes Strategic Research Centres, Venture and Innovation Awards and the UK Cystic Fibrosis Registry, supports researchers all over the world and looks to combat CF wherever it poses a threat, including the lungs, digestive system, and bones.
All of the Trust’s research projects are only possible thanks to the generosity of its supporters – donate now to support cutting-edge projects like the new Innovation Hub.
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