Speaking about the investment in C-TRIC and other health projects, second year personalised medicine student at Magee, Sarah McCloskey said: “I was delighted to find the personalised medicine course at Ulster University Magee was available on my doorstep.
“It is the only course of its kind in Ireland and the UK, opening up opportunities for me and many others from Derry and elsewhere. I hope to pursue a career in medical research. I want my future to be here in the North West. This City Deal will bring many opportunities to Derry and I am excited to see it unfold.”
Dr Aaron Peace, CEO of C-TRIC and Director of Research and Development for the Western Trust said: “COVID-19 has reminded everyone of the importance of clinical research. The health innovation project, THRIVE, which is a unique equal partnership between the Western Health & Social Care Trust (WHSCT), Ulster University (UU) and Derry City and Strabane District Council (DCSDC), will be of major benefit to the people of Derry/Londonderry and Strabane and is funded from the Inclusive Future Fund. THRIVE, as an expansion our local research facility C-TRIC, is building on an established track record in personalised medicine which is a global priority. Our personalised medicine researchers, currently working at the cutting-edge of clinical research, will grow in the new expanded C-TRIC/THRIVE building, based at Altnagelvin and into the new Health Research Institute/THRIVE building which will be located beside the School of Medicine at Magee.
“The THRIVE initiative will seek to increase the number of talented graduates, serving the burgeoning Life and Health Science District in NI.”