Pioneering medical centre opens in Derry

Professor Tony Bjourson pictured with Health Minister Edwin Poots and Enterprise Minister Arlene Foster at the launch of the Northern Ireland Centre for Stratified Medicine
Professor Tony Bjourson pictured with Health Minister Edwin Poots and Enterprise Minister Arlene Foster at the launch of the Northern Ireland Centre for Stratified Medicine

Twenty-two “high end jobs” are being created at a pioneering new medical research centre in Derry.

The Northern Ireland Centre for Stratified Medicine – the only one of its kind on the island of Ireland – is based at the Clinical Translational Research and Innovation Centre (C-TRIC) at Altnagelvin Hospital.

�/Lorcan Doherty Photography -  July 6th 2012. ''NO FEE FOR REPRODUCTION''Deputy First Minister visits innovative clinical research centre, Derry.''Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness with C-TRIC management team during his visit to the clinical research centre at Altnagelvin Area Hospital. Included, from left, are Barry Henderson, Business Development Manager, C-TRIC, Tony Bjourson, Director, Biomedical Sciences Research Institute, Dr. Susan Whoriskey, Vice-President, Moderna Therapeutics, Boston, and Dr. Maurice O'Kane, Chief Executive, C-TRIC, and director  of Research at the Western Health and Social Care Trust.''Photo Credit Lorcan Doherty Photography

�/Lorcan Doherty Photography - July 6th 2012. ''NO FEE FOR REPRODUCTION''Deputy First Minister visits innovative clinical research centre, Derry.''Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness with C-TRIC management team during his visit to the clinical research centre at Altnagelvin Area Hospital. Included, from left, are Barry Henderson, Business Development Manager, C-TRIC, Tony Bjourson, Director, Biomedical Sciences Research Institute, Dr. Susan Whoriskey, Vice-President, Moderna Therapeutics, Boston, and Dr. Maurice O'Kane, Chief Executive, C-TRIC, and director of Research at the Western Health and Social Care Trust.''Photo Credit Lorcan Doherty Photography

The £11.5 million facility is a collaborative project between the University of Ulster’s Biomedical Sciences Research Institute, C-TRIC and the Western Health and Social Care Trust.

Details of the new centre, which will focus on personalised medicine approaches to managing chronic diseases, were announced this week by Ministers Arlene Foster and Edwin Poots.

Stratified or personalised medicine is an emerging practice of medicine which examines our genetic make-up along with clinical data to better prevent, diagnose and treat disease at an individual patient level.

The Derry centre will undertake research in areas such as heart disease and stroke; diabetes; bone disorders; inflammatory diseases; mental health, dementia and cancer.

In addition to undertaking cutting edge stratified medicine research, the new centre is offering the first ever undergraduate degree course in Stratified Medicine on these islands, providing a skilled workforce for industry and the health service.

The centre will create 22 high end jobs – including 15 lecturers in Stratified Medicine who will be in post by the end of this year.

It has been offered £5.6 million of support from Invest Northern Ireland.